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You Won't Believe This, But Gmail Only Just Now Passed Hotmail In Popularity

Nicholas Carlson

Can you remember the last time you emailed someone who had a email address?

Me either.

So it's strange, isn't it, that Google's webmail product, Gmail, only last month, finally passed Hotmail as the world's most popular email provider.

It's 2012. Gmail came out in 2004. Eight years ago.

Two thoughts:

  • Impressive stuff by Google to own leads in both search and email now.
  • Email is very sticky. So even though Webmail is shrinking by the minute, it's going to take a long time for Yahoo and Microsoft to really feel the pain.

Here's a chart from GigaOm, populated with ComScore stats:

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