Thunderbird can be used as a client for all of Microsoft's email services (Hotmail, Outlook.com and Windows Live Mail, henceforth referred to as "Hotmail"). Thunderbird will download messages from the Hotmail server and store them on your local system. Similarly, Thunderbird can be used to compose messages which are sent through Hotmail's mail servers. You can still use Hotmail's web-based application - Thunderbird will query the server and synchronize messages.
To manually configure or modify Hotmail account settings: