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Windows 7: Gmail finally overtakes Hotmail as world's top email service

01 Nov 2012   #1
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Gmail finally overtakes Hotmail as world's top email service

Internet analytics firm comScore is putting an end to any disputes about Gmail's dominance in the webmail market -- in case you were keeping scores. According to their traffic data for October, Google’s email service has finally overtaken Hotmail with 287.9 million unique worldwide visitors during the month versus 286.2 million for Hotmail.

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02 Nov 2012   #2


Used Gmail for a couple of years......... till I started getting ad's based on the CONTENT of my mail both received and sent. Deleted all 3 of my accounts and have never went back. Using poor old Yahoo mail now but it does what I need it to.
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04 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 10 64bit

Cool,love using gmail,keeps my bookmarks synced with my account and my youtube account. In my opinion gmail is best email service.
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04 Nov 2012   #4

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

Gmail user since a long time. I also have a hotmail account that I use for MS sites.
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04 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7, 64 bit

I still use Hotmail but I have an alternate Gmail account that I completely forgot the password and username to... xD
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04 Nov 2012   #6
x BlueRobot


Look back 5 years, and Hotmail would have been dominated the Mail service market completely, mostly because they were the days when everyone used to use MSN to speak to each other

I use Hotmail personally, I have a GMail account for YouTube, so I'm guessing the GMail numbers have increased so rapidly as they mention you have to create a GMail account in order to create a YouTube account, but I'm pretty sure that other Mail service providers also worked with creating a YouTube account
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04 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
... but I'm pretty sure that other Mail service providers also worked with creating a YouTube account
Yes, I log in to Google services using my Yahoo account, including GMail.
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04 Nov 2012   #8

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

I personally have a gmail account but I use it sparingly since I think it's the worst email client I've ever used. It's mostly used in conjunction with my Google Play account, otherwise I don't use it to send/receive mail. I use Windows Live Mail and like it much better.

In order to have a Google Play account (app store for Android devices), you need to have a gmail account. I think a large portion of gmail's gain is because of that requirement.
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04 Nov 2012   #9
Tarka Dal


If you need an upto date mail server you can't beat Gmail. Hotmail updates every 15 mins so not as good as Gmail. It speaks for itself which to use!
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04 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

I hate gmail. Partly because it belongs to Google but mostly because its performance doesn't even come up to sucking on a good day.

My ISP outsourced its email server to Google and has a gmail proxy behind it. At least three times out of four, it takes minutes for my email client to find no mail or even send email on the gmail account.

Just this morning, I made a permanent redirection to another of my email accounts and turned off automatic lookup on the gmail based account. I have a possible 250 email accounts that I get for $5/month along with 2Gig of asp/aspx web space where I control the server settings. Email accounts on that server take a fraction of a second to do something where gmail can take minutes. The interesting thing is that it is so close to being free, I don't notice the difference in cost. However, I do notice the difference in the time it takes for nothing to happen.

Free is almost never cheap.
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