You Probably Use Gmail Now

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You Probably Use Gmail Now

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Google email service overtakes Hotmail as the most widely used web-based email in the world.

Like many people, when I heard Google was slowly rolling out an email system to a select few people in 2004, I was skeptical. I thought it was just a search engine? Why do we need another email service, and why are they being such jerks about needed to be invited in it? But then my friends got invited, and they couldn't stop gushing about Gmail. When I tried it myself, I never went back, and it seems I'm not alone. This month, Gmail overtook its largest competitor in Microsoft's Hotmail and now reigns as the most widely used email service in the world.

Google actually announced it was leading the world earlier this year based on its own calculations. "Gmail, which launched in 2004, has evolved from a simple email service to the primary mode of communication for more than 425 million active users globally," read a post on Google's official blog.

Third-party numbers didn't match that estimate though, until late last month when the internet analytics company Comscore reported 287.9 million unique users of Gmail beating out the 286.2 million for Hotmail.

Oddly enough, Gmail didn't win United States users; global third place holder Yahoo! Mail still owns a market share in America with a 76.7 million users topping Gmail's domestic population of 69.1 million. Still, Hotmail only has 35.5 million users in the US, so it seems people stateside do not prefer Microsoft's webmail service.

Microsoft's troubles with getting email numbers may be a messaging issue. The Redmond, WA-based company announced Outlook.com this summer and it plans for that outlet to become Microsoft's flagship email service going forward. The Comscore numbers don't include people currently using Outlook.com so perhaps Microsoft still has an edge over Gmail.

Source: Gigaom

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Gmail is much better made than Hotmail, it isn't just aesthetically pleasing to the eye but also comes jammed pack full of useful features.

Well, crap. You got me there. I just switched to Gmail a month ago.

I, also, shan't go back to Shaw Webmail. Gmail is only slightly better, but still better.

This is probably in part due to them forcing people who want to make a youtube account also make a gmail account to register.

Not me :D

I've been using the same Yahoo email address since 2000.

Corven:
This is probably in part due to them forcing people who want to make a youtube account also make a gmail account to register.

Or because they have a better service than their competitors.

I made the switch from hotmail to gmail a few years ago, and haven't looked back since.

Yeah, I made an account a couple of months ago because I figured I needed a formal email address to apply for jobs with... and it was about time I left aol, lol.

Corven:
This is probably in part due to them forcing people who want to make a youtube account also make a gmail account to register.

This.

It's the only reason i made a Gmail account. Even though i had a Youtube account for YEARS, I was pretty pissed when one day - Youtube wouldn't let me sign into my profile until I created a Gmail account. Not even a 'Remind me later' option, just a big fat NOPE until I made one. Assholes.

If it wasnt for all the bussiness/school/etc. things that are associated with my yahoo mail, I would most likely switch to Gmail. Used it for just a bit before and it worked like a charm.

Its no big surprise, I personally have 2 accounts. 1 for university stuff and another for everything else...

Fight the power! Hotmail 4 Life!
that's also my email adress :D

Only cause YouTube forces you to make a Gmail account now, sure as hell the only reason I have one.

I'm thinking about switching over to my Gmail account since it's much much easier to use and less of a hassle on my phone.

I actually like Gmail now since at first I wasn't a really big fan of it and I was content with my Hotmail account.

Oh how naive I was then. :D

Actually, I deleted my Gmail (and all Google accounts) and switched to GMX a month or two ago. Why? I like my things to be compartmentalized. I want my email to just be my email. But then they tied Gmail accounts to Youtube accounts, while also putting you in Google plus (I discovered I mysteriously had a Google plus account when I was trying to figure out how to separate my Youtube and Gmail) without asking you. No. I don't like the direction they are going in, so I deleted my Google accounts and went somewhere where my email can just be my email.

Lotta senior citizens in the hotmail category.

I have a yahoo account, but certainly don't use it.

DVS BSTrD:
Fight the power! Hotmail 4 Life!
that's also my email adress :D

Hotmail4life@gmail.com? Added to contacts!

I like GMail because it is so easy to setup and forward all to one central account. I have personal, business, (old)student, and gaming email(like battle.net).

Give me hotmail any day. Gmail can burn in hell. It is a horrible design and hard to use. I only have gmail because of youtube, throw off email account, my school email uses Gmail and for a club that I run but only because the previous president created it.

I've used gmail for years. Love it.

Corven:
This is probably in part due to them forcing people who want to make a youtube account also make a gmail account to register.

Nah, I'd say people got sick of hotmail's lack of spam control. GMail does a damn good job with that.

CrazyBlaze:
Give me hotmail any day. Gmail can burn in hell. It is a horrible design and hard to use. I only have gmail because of youtube, throw off email account, my school email uses Gmail and for a club that I run but only because the previous president created it.

Do you enjoy your hotmail spam?

GMail's design is just fine. I like having an inbox that doesn't try to sell me Viagra or get me to help some Nigerian prince.

I ditched Gmail recently in favour of an Outlook.com address - very swish, and ties in nicely with my Windows phone and Windows 8 installations. I find the Outlook interface a lot more interesting than the Gmail one but that could be because Ive grown use to Gmail over the years and the Outlook gui is just a fresh change.

Consider that most if not all Android phones (don't quote me on this as I'm just guessing seeing how I was force to use gmail to use the online feature on my Android), this doesn't suprise me.

I remember when Hotmail was second only to AOL as the most spam-filled, privacy-leaking email service in the world. I have a 12-14 year old (I can't remember when I made it) dump account with them and while the service has improved dramatically, it's still crushed under a dozen spam emails a day. I'm guessing this old stigma isn't doing the Hotmail brand many favors.

AzrealMaximillion:

CrazyBlaze:
Give me hotmail any day. Gmail can burn in hell. It is a horrible design and hard to use. I only have gmail because of youtube, throw off email account, my school email uses Gmail and for a club that I run but only because the previous president created it.

Do you enjoy your hotmail spam?

GMail's design is just fine. I like having an inbox that doesn't try to sell me Viagra or get me to help some Nigerian prince.

What spam. Oh you mean all that stuff that just gets deleted right away by hotmail. All the spam I get is in my gmail account.

I have been using Gmail for years and I love the service.

AzrealMaximillion:

CrazyBlaze:
Give me hotmail any day. Gmail can burn in hell. It is a horrible design and hard to use. I only have gmail because of youtube, throw off email account, my school email uses Gmail and for a club that I run but only because the previous president created it.

Do you enjoy your hotmail spam?

GMail's design is just fine. I like having an inbox that doesn't try to sell me Viagra or get me to help some Nigerian prince.

That's funny, I've always used hotmail and I don't get those e-mails... Could it be that I'm just not completely ignorant and remembered to set my junk filter to "exclusive"?

There is no such thing as "hotmail spam"; Spam is spam regardless of the e-mail client you use.

Had no choice but to get a Gmail because Google won't allow you to sign in without having a Gmail account anymore. *sigh*
I still primarily use my yahoo account that I made 8 years ago and only check my Gmail once a month. Although I've noticed that I've not gotten any spam in my Gmail inbox.

I find this interesting because... Honestly, I wanna know, this frequency of Gmail use... how much of it is people switching over to gmail because they actually like it, and how much of it is Googles stupid branding that practically makes gmail a ness. evil with things like Youtube (which google ruined) and Android Marketplace.

Seriously without those aspects... would anyone use it at all? It was completely redundant to open a new email client. Cross platform connectivity is nice but hardly justification for gmails existence.

I've pretty much bought into the whole Google ecosystem at this point. I have three or four Gmail accounts, use Google Calendar for all my scheduling, and am making heavy use of Google Drive. And I can do it all from my Android phone too.

But I still have a 14 year old Hotmail account I keep as a spam filter, or to sign up for sites.

CrazyBlaze:

AzrealMaximillion:

CrazyBlaze:
Give me hotmail any day. Gmail can burn in hell. It is a horrible design and hard to use. I only have gmail because of youtube, throw off email account, my school email uses Gmail and for a club that I run but only because the previous president created it.

Do you enjoy your hotmail spam?

GMail's design is just fine. I like having an inbox that doesn't try to sell me Viagra or get me to help some Nigerian prince.

What spam. Oh you mean all that stuff that just gets deleted right away by hotmail. All the spam I get is in my gmail account.

Mr.Tea:

AzrealMaximillion:

CrazyBlaze:
Give me hotmail any day. Gmail can burn in hell. It is a horrible design and hard to use. I only have gmail because of youtube, throw off email account, my school email uses Gmail and for a club that I run but only because the previous president created it.

Do you enjoy your hotmail spam?

GMail's design is just fine. I like having an inbox that doesn't try to sell me Viagra or get me to help some Nigerian prince.

That's funny, I've always used hotmail and I don't get those e-mails... Could it be that I'm just not completely ignorant and remembered to set my junk filter to "exclusive"?

There is no such thing as "hotmail spam"; Spam is spam regardless of the e-mail client you use.

Hotmail's security against junk mail is still garbage compared to Gmail. Even with setting up the junk filtering.

I've yet to be asked for credit card info with my GMail account in sketchy e-mail. That and I didn't need to set set up junk filtering personally to prevent spam either. And I've actually had my GMail account longer than my Hotmail account if that says anything.

I made one for Youtube but I don't use it. I just stick with my Yahoo one.

But what about AOL guys? People still use that a lot, right?

Whenever I went to my hotmail account, it was overflowing with spam... so yeah, gave up on that...

ritchards:
Whenever I went to my hotmail account, it was overflowing with spam... so yeah, gave up on that...

Soon using hotmail will be looked upon like using Internet Explorer

Wait, people used hotmail? This is news to me... I could never keep an account open for more than a month or two (which is also why I could never use GFWL, even on those rare occasions when I wanted to).

I used the yahoo account I made in high school (made it in 1998, if I recall correctly) right up to last year when their spam filter failed on me.

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