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Gmail finally blows past Hotmail to become the world’s largest email service

posted Jun 29, 2012, 5:54 PM by Jeremy Cote   [ updated Jul 4, 2012, 5:22 PM ]

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Google announced today that its Gmail service has 425 million monthly active users. That means it has blown past Hotmail for the first time, becoming the largest email service in the world.

For many years, Microsoft’s Hotmail has been the reigning champ among global email services. In July, 2011 Hotmail announced on its 15-year anniversary that it had 360 million unique users per month. Yahoo Mail used to be the clear No. 1, but it has seen customers defect to both Hotmail and Gmail. And finally Google’s much-younger service (Gmail’s invite-only beta release was in 2004) has caught up to its older rivals. [click to keep reading]