Microsoft has extended the deadline for being able to download Hotmail email through Outlook Express using the DAV protocol, previously it said that this wouldn't be possible after June 30th, when it planned to remove the link altogether.
The following notice was added to the Windows Live Hotmail Teams Blog on the 5th of May: "Recently, many customers received notification regarding Microsoft's plan to disable the DAV protocol, which allows you to access your Windows Live Hotmail inbox from Outlook Express. From the feedback we received, it became clear that you needed additional time to evaluate alternative solutions and with this in mind, we are postponing the transition deadline previously announced. This means that you will continue to be able to access your Windows Live Hotmail accounts from Outlook Express beyond the June 30 transition deadline.
As Microsoft continues to evolve its products to meet your needs, we appreciate your feedback. This change to Outlook Express protocol is one such evolution and will allow for managing of multiple accounts and today's large inboxes. We will update you on expected future changes and alternatives with enough advance notice to ensure a smooth transition."
They have yet to announce a new date when the DAV protocol will eventually be phased out.
News Source: Windows Live Hotmail Team Blog