Gmail finally takes the crown as the most popular email service globally

The established email services have long led the market, but Gmail seems to have finally reached the top as third-party analysts believe Google took the lead in October.

According to Google they already topped the market back in June, though other figures contradicted this. Figures released by Yahoo and Hotmail were closer to what ComScore believed were more accurate figures - 136 million below the 435 million Google claimed for the month.

Microsoft did release Outlook.com, and AOL's Alto is in beta form, so there is a chance that they simply have lose a slight amount of ground they could regain in a short period of time.

Yahoo and Gmail are making their mark across the United States, Japan, India, United Kingdom and France in particular. Hotmail's appeal lies in some of these areas as well, but it appears to be growing in popularity among Mexican and Brazilian people.

Looking at the USA alone, third-place becomes first-place with Yahoo somehow leading. It has both a higher penetration than Gmail and seven million more unique users recorded for the month. With Hotmail and Yahoo both being so close in the race for email dominance, Schema and Microsoft's partnership with Yahoo might have been of value.

Source: Gigaom / Image: Google+

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I have Gmail on my Android Phone. I also have that problem where it does not check/sync every day, I am on FROYO 2.2.

Where do I find Enable Background Data? I looked in the Gmail settings and saw nothing.

I have been with Yahoo over a decade but too much SPAM. So that is used for purchases etc. Gmail is my fave and works well but I wish it had folders. Never got used to the labels.

Personally,
I'll take just about ANY other web e-mail over G-mail any day of the week. In fact, I'll use just about anybody or anything else over anything Google related any day!

Yahoo is still my main e-mail with Outlook being right behind. Have several others also, but most web e-mails are just used for storage and crap anyway.

And yet the gmail app is still broken on android. Never syncs or notifies on its own since the update from like 2 months ago.

ensiform said,
And yet the gmail app is still broken on android. Never syncs or notifies on its own since the update from like 2 months ago.

Enable Background Data

Long time Gmail user. Love using it. To me the concept of "archive everything and use the search feature" seems much more intuitive than filing things in folders, or leaving it in the inbox.

I just closed my Gmail / Google account of 5 years last month, switched to an Outlook.com / Microsoft account and haven't looked back. Google is such a scum bag company I'm glad to be completely done with them

RedphoenixLS1 said,
I just closed my Gmail / Google account of 5 years last month, switched to an Outlook.com / Microsoft account and haven't looked back. Google is such a scum bag company I'm glad to be completely done with them

Really? Sucks for you. It's a good thing I think of Microsoft, Apple and Google all the same way. I am not a fan of one company at all. I use each company for what they can offer me. But it seems like more effort on your part to hate on them and avoid them at all costs. Oh well sucks to be you.

What the Microsofties don't seem to understand is:
(1) Google are not spying on you, they do not care about you to read your emails, you are not that special.
(2) If there was a rogue Google employee that went against their company policies and read your email, this would be no different than a Microsoft employee going against their company policies and reading your email.
(3) If your email is truly sensitive enough that a Privacy Policy doesn't cover it, for the chance that a rogue employee may break the Privacy Policy, then you should be hosting your own email
(4) What Outlook.com lovers seem to miss is that the whole reason why they have a such a feature-rich Outlook.com is because most of the features were copied from Gmail, which is a good thing, but Gmail has spurred innovation in the email industry starting with increased mail quotas when Gmail launched with a whopping 1GB of free storage (compared to Microsoft Hotmail's 4MB) and has been increasing ever since.
(5) Outlook.com still doesn't offer IMAP access
(6) Gmail is constantly innovating new features on a rolling schedule. Microsoft has waves where the whole thing changes at once, after it has copied enough Gmail features to go public.
(7) Gmail even does ActiveSync, which lets it integrate Contacts/Calendar/Mail into iOS/Windows Phone/Windows 8 (same level as native integration into Android)
(8) Google have been more serious in providing continuity to customers. When they have killed off unpopular projects, they have always provided a proper migration path so that nothing is lost. Compared to Microsoft, who killed Microsoft Office Live Small Business with the only migration path to start all over again with Office 365 (no automatic migration). And then Microsoft has the balls to make an immature 'Googlighting' video that says that Google are more likely to kill things off without a transition path.

Simon- said,
What the Microsofties don't seem to understand is:
(1) Google are not spying on you, they do not care about you to read your emails, you are not that special.
(2) If there was a rogue Google employee that went against their company policies and read your email, this would be no different than a Microsoft employee going against their company policies and reading your email.
(3) If your email is truly sensitive enough that a Privacy Policy doesn't cover it, for the chance that a rogue employee may break the Privacy Policy, then you should be hosting your own email
(4) What Outlook.com lovers seem to miss is that the whole reason why they have a such a feature-rich Outlook.com is because most of the features were copied from Gmail, which is a good thing, but Gmail has spurred innovation in the email industry starting with increased mail quotas when Gmail launched with a whopping 1GB of free storage (compared to Microsoft Hotmail's 4MB) and has been increasing ever since.
(5) Outlook.com still doesn't offer IMAP access
(6) Gmail is constantly innovating new features on a rolling schedule. Microsoft has waves where the whole thing changes at once, after it has copied enough Gmail features to go public.
(7) Gmail even does ActiveSync, which lets it integrate Contacts/Calendar/Mail into iOS/Windows Phone/Windows 8 (same level as native integration into Android)
(8) Google have been more serious in providing continuity to customers. When they have killed off unpopular projects, they have always provided a proper migration path so that nothing is lost. Compared to Microsoft, who killed Microsoft Office Live Small Business with the only migration path to start all over again with Office 365 (no automatic migration). And then Microsoft has the balls to make an immature 'Googlighting' video that says that Google are more likely to kill things off without a transition path.

Pretty much sums it up.

Simon- said,
What the Microsofties don't seem to understand is:

I don't really think that Gmail spies on my emails but I am puzzled by "most of Outlook's features were copied from Gmail". Can you elaborate?
The only "feature" Gmail invented was lack of folders and forcing people to use labels. Outlook.com added that but then tags were not invented by Google
Gmails's EAS is broken, it doesn't delete emails by default unless users go to their stupid mobile site to set it.

If it was not for Googles sleazy tactics of deposting software and changing default browsers on peoples computers by purposely leaving check boxes checked for people that simply don't know any better, I might give them some slack. But it's sleazy and predatory.

jimmyfal said,
If it was not for Googles sleazy tactics of deposting software and changing default browsers on peoples computers by purposely leaving check boxes checked for people that simply don't know any better, I might give them some slack. But it's sleazy and predatory.

Google's practices aren't any more questionable that MS bundling the Bing bar with Skype or any other bundling software.

Changing the browser is a lot more invasive than adding a toolbar, but I am equally appalled by MS being in the toolbar business, and I went extremely far out of my way in the registering complaints department when they started doing that, I get your point though. No one should be doing that, and eventually as Win 8 moves ahead, no one will. It will be VERY interesting to see if that type of behaviour will be allowed in the Metro enviroment. Lets all just call it Metro, so tired of walking around that one.

Google Apps is the best, by far.
(Google Apps = Gmail, but a professional version with your own domain)

Rappy said,
I am still waiting for AOL to send me my invite for new AOL Mail! I am intrigued by it

It's not bad actually. Visually I am impressed by Alto Mail.

Breach said,
Love it. Can't be even bothered to look at alternatives.

We're sorry, but your Gmail account is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest trying again in a few minutes.

The irony

My wife has to use this for school and she absolutely hates Gmail, as do her professors.

If they count my no-longer-logged-into-account then I question the accuracy of this title.

zeke009 said,
My wife has to use this for school and she absolutely hates Gmail, as do her professors.

If they count my no-longer-logged-into-account then I question the accuracy of this title.

read the source article again. its monthly active users. so you are not counted anyway.

still1 said,

read the source article again. its monthly active users. so you are not counted anyway.

What? Why? It's so much easier to make heavy-handed proclamations whilst being entirely ignorant and uninformed!

still1 said,

read the source article again. its monthly active users. so you are not counted anyway.

But what counts as "active"? Is my account active because my android syncs with my contacts regularly despite me never using the mail client? I hate gmail bit have an account. I do love the calendar and contact synchin though!

conan_2000 said,

But what counts as "active"? Is my account active because my android syncs with my contacts regularly despite me never using the mail client? I hate gmail bit have an account. I do love the calendar and contact synchin though!


This is what im thinking, how do they calculate number of users? there is a lot of Droid users ourt there who preffer other email services VS Gmail, however its very very heavy in linking your phone to your account

Neu B said,
Outlook is slick. Love it.

I agree! Hotmail as a (somewhat) superior interface, Gmail has (some) superior features.

Rappy said,
I recently ditched Gmail for Outlook but I still use both

Same, I can only use an email addy for so long until the spam becomes unbearable. Hah

PurpleHaze420 said,

Same, I can only use an email addy for so long until the spam becomes unbearable. Hah


Stop giving out your email and don't check the check boxes when signing up for an email account....lol

jesseinsf said,

Stop giving out your email and don't check the check boxes when signing up for an email account....lol

this. I don't get spam in my live account and I've had it for a few years. my gmail however is completely overloaded

Colin McGregor said,

my gmail however is completely overloaded

Then you should be more careful with your gmail email address. I haven't seen spam appear in my Gmail inbox for years.

Microsft should start advertising the new Outlook web client because most people have no idea it exists. I demonstrated it to my friends and they became instant fans of the clean and fluid UI.

gzAsher said,
Microsft should start advertising the new Outlook web client because most people have no idea it exists. I demonstrated it to my friends and they became instant fans of the clean and fluid UI.

But it's nowhere near as powerful as Gmail. The best thing (by far) about Gmail is that it literally works with everything. It can sync with pretty much any client or device you throw at it. And having Gmail check your third-party POP3 for you is pretty nice too. And so many other things. Being able to send mail from different accounts without leaving your interface.

I for example have my school address and my personal Gmail merged in one inbox. I can send mails from both accounts right from the standard interface. When I receive an email from my school mailbox Gmail is even smart enough to automatically reply with my school email too.

Ambroos said,

But it's nowhere near as powerful as Gmail. The best thing (by far) about Gmail is that it literally works with everything. It can sync with pretty much any client or device you throw at it. And having Gmail check your third-party POP3 for you is pretty nice too. And so many other things. Being able to send mail from different accounts without leaving your interface.

I for example have my school address and my personal Gmail merged in one inbox. I can send mails from both accounts right from the standard interface. When I receive an email from my school mailbox Gmail is even smart enough to automatically reply with my school email too.

So can Outlook.com hotmail do all of what you said.

jesseinsf said,

So can Outlook.com hotmail do all of what you said.


Not the extremely versatile syncing. Gmail offers you POP3, IMAP and Exchange and even more for contacts and calendar. You can't deny Gmail is a lot more versatile.

Ambroos said,

But it's nowhere near as powerful as Gmail. The best thing (by far) about Gmail is that it literally works with everything. It can sync with pretty much any client or device you throw at it. And having Gmail check your third-party POP3 for you is pretty nice too. And so many other things. Being able to send mail from different accounts without leaving your interface.

I for example have my school address and my personal Gmail merged in one inbox. I can send mails from both accounts right from the standard interface. When I receive an email from my school mailbox Gmail is even smart enough to automatically reply with my school email too.

wow you have not been outside kanas lately huh Dorothy?

Ambroos said,

Not the extremely versatile syncing. Gmail offers you POP3, IMAP and Exchange and even more for contacts and calendar. You can't deny Gmail is a lot more versatile.

How does Hotmail/Outlook not offer that again?
Hotmail has offered contacts/emails/celdners etc for years... Also works much better on almost every platform

brent3000 said,

Also works much better on almost every platform

Since this entire thread will, inevitably, be filled with "opinions stated as facts," the only appropriate response to your comment is:

No, it doesn't.

Ambroos said,

But it's nowhere near as powerful as Gmail. The best thing (by far) about Gmail is that it literally works with everything. It can sync with pretty much any client or device you throw at it. And having Gmail check your third-party POP3 for you is pretty nice too. And so many other things. Being able to send mail from different accounts without leaving your interface.

I for example have my school address and my personal Gmail merged in one inbox. I can send mails from both accounts right from the standard interface. When I receive an email from my school mailbox Gmail is even smart enough to automatically reply with my school email too.

Ignorance is bliss huh.

jdhas said,

Since this entire thread will, inevitably, be filled with "opinions stated as facts," the only appropriate response to your comment is:

No, it doesn't.

Yes it does

Walrush said,

Ignorance is bliss huh.


Well, okay, Outlook does most things indeed. But you have to be kidding if you really think Outlook is as versatile as Gmail. The huge amount of settings you have with Gmail, the extremely detailed filters it allows you to make, the automatic mail priority system, ... Need I go on.

Outlook did get better but it only takes one click to settings to see that it still is the same years and years old Hotmail powering it and it's simply not a very versatile system. At all.

Ambroos said,

Well, okay, Outlook does most things indeed. But you have to be kidding if you really think Outlook is as versatile as Gmail. The huge amount of settings you have with Gmail, the extremely detailed filters it allows you to make, the automatic mail priority system, ... Need I go on.

Outlook did get better but it only takes one click to settings to see that it still is the same years and years old Hotmail powering it and it's simply not a very versatile system. At all.


Does outlook scan the contents of your emails for targeted adverts? Need I go on?

gzAsher said,
Microsft should start advertising the new Outlook web client because most people have no idea it exists. I demonstrated it to my friends and they became instant fans of the clean and fluid UI.

Can Outlook sync my contacts with my iPhone? Gmail can I just don't know if Outlook can. Or is that only reserved for the 2% Market share of Windows Phone?

WalterEgo404 said,

Can Outlook sync my contacts with my iPhone? Gmail can I just don't know if Outlook can. Or is that only reserved for the 2% Market share of Windows Phone?

NIce stab at WP in there, however that's been around since 2010 AFAIK (not sure if it was before that or not but its been there)
Downloading the App for either iPhone or Droid will do that function I believe or setting it up via Exchange Active sync I would guess?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAS0dVkzPsI
Been like this since sometime 2010 I believe ( http://www.zdnet.com/blog/micr...ne-but-not-yet-android/7251 ) with the Droid app coming soon after,

brent3000 said,

Does outlook scan the contents of your emails for targeted adverts? Need I go on?

I'd rather have targeted adverts and a smart Google Now actually using my emails in a way I can't than just have them sit in my inbox without purpose, yes. Google already has my emails on their servers. They've been parsed, sent to me, archived, backed up, I honestly don't care if an automated system picks out a few keywords and tries to show me a contextual ad. I actually like it. I like personalized ads. I like Google tracking me because I know that it really does ensure me of the best web experience, now and even more in the future with Google Now. In a few years when you'll still be using your puny little Outlook and you'll still just be digging through heaps of emails I'll have Google Now showing me all information I need exactly when I need it.

brent3000 said,
NIce stab at WP in there

Stab? I was merely stating a fact. If I said the ugly looking WP, that would be an opinion taking a stab at it's appearance. But I am above that. Just saying.

Ambroos said,

I'd rather have targeted adverts and a smart Google Now actually using my emails in a way I can't than just have them sit in my inbox without purpose, yes. Google already has my emails on their servers. They've been parsed, sent to me, archived, backed up, I honestly don't care if an automated system picks out a few keywords and tries to show me a contextual ad. I actually like it. I like personalized ads. I like Google tracking me because I know that it really does ensure me of the best web experience, now and even more in the future with Google Now. In a few years when you'll still be using your puny little Outlook and you'll still just be digging through heaps of emails I'll have Google Now showing me all information I need exactly when I need it.

Your belief that Google will only get better while Outlook will always suck shows that you aren't actually weighing pros and cons and making informed decisions, but instead have chosen a fanboy route.

You've clearly adopted a team vs. team mentality in this case. Enjoy being one of the millions who have politicized technology.

Joshie said,

Your belief that Google will only get better while Outlook will always suck shows that you aren't actually weighing pros and cons and making informed decisions, but instead have chosen a fanboy route.

You've clearly adopted a team vs. team mentality in this case. Enjoy being one of the millions who have politicized technology.


I have been watching and using both platforms extensively for years now, and it's a simple observation that Google moves much faster than Microsoft. Look at how Hotmail evolved over the last five years. Honestly, not much changed. With Outlook now the UI got a lot cleaner but that's about it. In terms of functionality Hotmail has been stagnating for years and years, and Microsoft's service integration still sort of sucks.

I'm still a bit ****ed at Microsoft for several other reasons too. First they had Windows Live Mesh Beta. A folder syncing service that actually was brilliant. The web interface was pretty epic, the client was very stable and reliable. I used it since the very first days as it was much better than alternatives (like Dropbox). Then came along the final version of Windows Live Mesh. But you couldn't just migrate, oh no. They kept existing as seperate services even though they provided the same functionality (but the newer version had a horrible UI). So I downloaded all my Live Mesh Beta files and re-uploaded them to Windows Live Mesh (final). Then a few months later I got another email saying that this Windows Live Mesh was going to be shut down TOO. So I had to download EVERYTHING AGAIN and now move it to yet another service. But Microsoft didn't even provide something similar anymore. All you had now was Skydrive which has the fundamental difference that you can't use folders in different locations. I can't just seamlessly sync an app data folder for this piece of software or just sync my whole My Documents folder. I now just moved everything to Dropbox since I got sick of it.

In a very short period of time Microsoft has abandoned me and my data twice. If I hadn't moved everything over to a new service manually I would have lost everything. This is something Microsoft does regularly and it's bad, really bad. The company that is so often touted for it's amazing way of handling legacy software and services actually kinda sucks at it in other areas.

Leaving a user to sort out his own data just like that is something Google would never do. Google has always provided really good upgrade paths and migration tools. In fact, I have never even lost a single bit of data since I started keeping as much as possible at Google's services. With one (very secure, mobile authenticator) login I can access everything. I log in to Chrome and in a few seconds (yes, seconds) I have all my bookmarks, history, form data, installed extensions and saved passwords back. On all my devices (PC's, phones and tablets). With that same login I log on to my new Android phone. It automatically starts installing apps I had installed on my last phone again. It automatically restores all my saved WiFi connection settings. My wallpaper and ringtones come back. My contacts flood in. After about five minutes my whole phone is just the way my last one was. All with one login.

As long as Microsoft is unable to provide that kind of cohesion and service I'll stick to whatever Google is offering. Not because I dislike Microsoft or have a profound love for Google, but simply because they give me the best service for the least effort. I see no point in using an inferior service (like Outlook and the whole Windows Live/Microsoft Account mess).

Microsoft is moving in the right direction lately but they still have a loooooooong way to go before they'll be close to what Google is doing.

Ambroos said,

I have been watching and using both platforms extensively for years now

So you didn't know that Outlook.com,
- has EAS for contacts and Calendar and is not broken like Gmail's
- can send emails from a different account from the same interface
- has as many filters as gmail and some more (sweep feature)

and you claim to be using it for years?

BajiRav said,

So you didn't know that Outlook.com,
- has EAS for contacts and Calendar and is not broken like Gmail's
- can send emails from a different account from the same interface
- has as many filters as gmail and some more (sweep feature)

and you claim to be using it for years?


- Outlook doesn't have CalDAV or CardDAV. Or IMAP.
- I know this.
- Seriously? I just had a look again, I can add one rule per filter and they're quite limited too. I can't filter on random words in the email, I can't filter on attachment file names. I can't filter mail from specific lists of contacts, nothing like that.

Ambroos said,

- Outlook doesn't have CalDAV or CardDAV. Or IMAP.
- I know this.
- Seriously? I just had a look again, I can add one rule per filter and they're quite limited too. I can't filter on random words in the email, I can't filter on attachment file names. I can't filter mail from specific lists of contacts, nothing like that.

Just to be a snarky little bugger, I'll happily point out something that Outlook--and almost every other mail client, web-based or offline--does that Gmail never has and has no intention of offering in the future:

Sort.

And for years and years and years and years, apologists have insisted that labels and search solve everything the lack of sort causes with no reduction in ease of use in any possible scenario. They'll happily claim that bi-directional sorting based on any column is an unnecessary feature that nobody needs anymore, and if you really want it all that badly, you should just use a third-party client instead.

I dislike Gmail because I can only conceive of two possible reasons for this absence:

1) It's just too hard for Google's developers to figure out.

2) Google made a conscious decision and intentionally refuse to implement a feature in order to force a particular way of using e-mail on its users to further its gospel of Algorithm Uber Alles. And beef up their databases in the process:

Gmail users are constantly told they don't need to worry about managing their email anymore. Don't bother deleting anything! Who needs to? You have tons of space! Make some labels and let us do the rest! Sure, your labels help us categorize your usage as much as they help you, but that isn't the point!

Google is determined to pass off limitations that only serve its own interests as somehow beneficial to us. Use Google Voice? Your inbox will only show you ten items at a time. Ever! Want to delete everything? Ten at a time please! Oh, and then go to your trash can and do it all over again. Ten at a time. Again. But why would you want to!--they say--Did you know you have 8675309 GB of space to store your messages? Just keep them forever!

Google can keep its "our way's the right way and you'll realize it eventually" product design attitude.

Edited by Joshie, Nov 1 2012, 4:10am :


Was that a reply to me? Just checking, because I'm pretty sure...*checks*...yup, I definitely said "Google Voice" with my remark about making it a birch to bulk delete. Go find THAT screenshot, and get back to me.

Toysoldier said,

Did you actually read his post?
/facepalm

Yes I did. I was trying to get him back on track? What does Google Voice have to do with Gmail. That was a pathetic attempt. /facepalm

WalterEgo404 said,

Yes I did. I was trying to get him back on track? What does Google Voice have to do with Gmail. That was a pathetic attempt. /facepalm


So betch at Ambroos for bringing up Live Mesh. When you single out one side of a conversation to criticize behavior exhibited by both sides, you can't exactly wear the mantle of the Fair and Just Moderator.

Joshie said,

So betch at Ambroos for bringing up Live Mesh. When you single out one side of a conversation to criticize behavior exhibited by both sides, you can't exactly wear the mantle of the Fair and Just Moderator.

I never said I was fair and just. Nor did I say I was a moderator. I don't know what Live Mesh. Never used it. Don't know if it was tied to Hotmail or MSN or Live or Outlook (or whatever it will be called next year). I speak about what I know and Google Voice is not tied to Gmail. I don't know how the tie in is even relevant. The fact is Google Voice is a great service that I use frequently. Just like Gmail. I didn't see the connection of the two. I comment on what I know and what is relevant.

American Mafia said,
Its the best. So why wouldn't it be crowned as "The Most Popular Email Service"

shure man, seems you loves to be watched by the google pervs, i love my privacy with Hotmail and Outlook

erikpienk said,

shure man, seems you loves to be watched by the google pervs, i love my privacy with Hotmail and Outlook

Anyone that cares about ANONYMOUS data tracking should remove the tinfoil hat.

xstex said,

Anyone that cares about ANONYMOUS data tracking should remove the tinfoil hat.

Err what? Why do you think the tracking is anonymous? The big money is in removing your anonymity online...

But believe whatever makes you sleep better at night...

http://bitly.com/Y2aoGv

American Mafia said,
Its the best. So why wouldn't it be crowned as "The Most Popular Email Service"

they are just popular. not the best. I prefer outlook.com anyday over gmail. and I prefer thunderbird anyday over horrible web mail.

gmail is just a laggy web app

American Mafia said,
Its the best. So why wouldn't it be crowned as "The Most Popular Email Service"

considering that google requires you to register an account with them weather you use youtube or android i think this is not about people using the account but more like people just having to register for an account.

erikpienk said,

i love my privacy with Hotmail and Outlook

You keep on thinking that.

neonspark said,

gmail is just a laggy web app

If it's laggy, then your computer or internet is probably the cause.
No issues whatsoever on any computer i've used it on.

Raa said,

You keep on thinking that.


If it's laggy, then your computer or internet is probably the cause.
No issues whatsoever on any computer i've used it on.

hotmail has better privacy policy regarding advertisement based on the content of your email and thats it. I have both but I have all my gmail forwarded to my outlook because I like my hotmail better.

erikpienk said,

shure man, seems you loves to be watched by the google pervs, i love my privacy with Hotmail and Outlook

Every email provider has access to your email. So if you believe that anything else safe, or that Google is giving out your PRIVATE info, you are delusional.

erikpienk said,

shure man, seems you loves to be watched by the google pervs, i love my privacy with Hotmail and Outlook

Yep, Microsoft sure is super-cared with your privacy. Put some manga into your Skydrive and you'll see.

neonspark said,

they are just popular. not the best. I prefer outlook.com anyday over gmail. and I prefer thunderbird anyday over horrible web mail.

gmail is just a laggy web app

Why is it that whenever a Microsoft product is the most popular on here, it's the best thing ever, but when another service is the most popular it's a "laggy web app"?

Haters gonna hate.

erikpienk said,

shure man, seems you loves to be watched by the google pervs, i love my privacy with Hotmail and Outlook

Wow. So when did you start wearing your tin foil hat?

febox said,

Yep, Microsoft sure is super-cared with your privacy. Put some manga into your Skydrive and you'll see.

Please don't confuse Skydrive with hotmail they're two different services as for porn in your skydrive it's done by machine only no human eyes unless it's flagged as child porn

all email on hotmail is encrypted and is stored in non human readable form unlike Gmail who allow staff members to read you emails