if the account is inactive for a period of time, i think hotmail deletes it. if you have lost your password you can try recovering it from the secret question thing you shouldve done when resgistering. if all else fails just make an account with a different email host and get a .net passport from http://passport.net
Yes hotmail will delete your account over a period of time 3 months If Im not mistaken, but the people who have you in there contact books it will remain until they figure out to delte you. hotmail cant go into people systems and do that kinda illegal. But they maybe able to delte from the internet accounts as they own those technically.
No hotmail wont remove that email@example.com from their Conatcts list. The reason it dosent know what contacts u have stored since it would be invasion of privacy.
As a matter of fact its the same with any email provider. They dont scan anything. Its your private data and cannot be touched.
You really should have read the TOS prior to activating a passport account -- it NEVER really dies.
Passports are generaly more trouble than they are worth. I would reccomend circumeventing the aquesition of these if at all possible. They WILL continue to show up on the lists of others even once you have let them be for ages, and will haunt the computer of those unknowing of how to deleat it. I have had to help too many people get rid of the passport to enjoy its benefits.