Gmail vs Hotmail vs Yahoo Mail: Who's on first?

As part of its Google I/O conference event this week, Google announced that its Gmail web-based email service now has over 425 million monthly active users. If true, this would be a massive leap over the 350 million Gmail users that Google claimed to have secured during a financial conference call in January.

More importantly, these user numbers would also put Gmail ahead of Hotmail, run by Microsoft, making Gmail the most used web-based email service in the world. In July 2011, Microsoft said that Hotmail had 360 million users. The company has yet to offer an update since then.

But are Google's numbers for Gmail correct? VentureBeat.com reports that according to ComScore, Hotmail is still first with 325 million unique visitors. Yahoo's email service comes in second with 298 million users, and Gmail is in third place 289 million users.

However, ComScore admits those numbers are only for PC users at home and business. Users who access those email services from their smartphone and from Internet cafes are not included in their score. Yahoo and Microsoft said they use ComScore to measure their numbers. Google said it does not comment on numbers generated by third parties.

So who is really on top? With the Android operating system in so many smartphones, and with Gmail included in all Android devices, it's more than possible that Gmail has indeed jumped ahead of Hotmail and Yahoo Mail in terms of users. However, it looks like we will have to take Google's word for it for now.

Source: VentureBeat.com

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exotoxic said,
What is the purpose of this on neowin?? why does it matter if site A has more users than site B?? Why does this matter to anyone else other than the competing companies?? How are people suppose to use this information??

Obviously its important for the investors, but i think they will go to the source rather than 3rd hand article.

All i can see for general is people using the info as site A is better because it has more users so therefor i am as well!! or site A is more popular so i need to sign up to be in the cool crowd!!

I'm finally witnessing signs of intelligent life... lol

exotoxic said,
What is the purpose of this on neowin?? why does it matter if site A has more users than site B?? Why does this matter to anyone else other than the competing companies?? How are people suppose to use this information??

Obviously its important for the investors, but i think they will go to the source rather than 3rd hand article.

All i can see for general is people using the info as site A is better because it has more users so therefor i am as well!! or site A is more popular so i need to sign up to be in the cool crowd!!

It's called "news". Say it with me now, "Neeeeeews" Pretty much all information pertaining to companies really only matters to their competitors or share holders. Maybe we should just stop posting news period since it's all such useless information!

I have all 3 setup in Thunderbird. My main is Yahoo just because thats what I've used for 8 years. No problems with any of them regarding outages/hacking/spam.

lomas said,
The new Yahoo Mail is pretty good, it supports tab and yahoo messenger.

I agree, I love it too over Gmail and hotmail.

If every (or even most) Android phone activated creates a Gmail account, it's probably true, if misleading.

/uses gmail

smot said,
If every (or even most) Android phone activated creates a Gmail account, it's probably true, if misleading.

/uses gmail

Agreed. you need a google account to fully benefit from an android handset, and the email comes with and straight to the phone. Android handsets are coming in faster speeds like 4G/LTE too, where another competitor is still in the 3G 14Mbit relm, which is likely driving sales too.

Moved away from Hotmail as soon as Gmail Beta came out. I mainly moved for the advanced spam protection, clean UI and speed.
I recently logged in to my Hotmail to check up on it and although MS have been updating it a lot, i still wouldn't use it much, i just don't want to be with an email service that's always playing catch up.

anmoldeepgill said,
Gmail is best
it all other because it is safe
specially with sms login

I really, really wish Hotmail and Office 365 offered this. Makes me feel much more secure knowing nobody can log into my account without an SMS confirmation code. Further if I get a code without asking for one, I know someone's trying to hack my account. So get on it, Microsoft, and give us two factor authentication, especially for us paying 365 users. Even Facebook has this!

Nick K said,

I really, really wish Hotmail and Office 365 offered this. Makes me feel much more secure knowing nobody can log into my account without an SMS confirmation code. Further if I get a code without asking for one, I know someone's trying to hack my account. So get on it, Microsoft, and give us two factor authentication, especially for us paying 365 users. Even Facebook has this!

What are you talking about? I'm very sure Hotmail has had SMS authentication. The Guardian even wrote an article about it and tells you how to do it. http://www.guardian.co.uk/tech...cebook-hotmail-stop-hacking

people still use web mail? lol. I get all my email from true native apps. gmail is the worse of all. it's clumsy UI. lattency ridden web front end. horrible UX, and annoying ads. why would anybody use crap like that?

I guess most people are stuck in the 90s. move over web mail. native mail clients are so much better and since so many more people access email on phone than ever, web mail is dead.

neonspark said,
people still use web mail? lol. I get all my email from true native apps. gmail is the worse of all. it's clumsy UI. lattency ridden web front end. horrible UX, and annoying ads. why would anybody use crap like that?

I guess most people are stuck in the 90s. move over web mail. native mail clients are so much better and since so many more people access email on phone than ever, web mail is dead.

Do they ever. likely for composing/sending more than reading. Google usually has very little to NO picture-ads, which makes services riddled with them such as yahoo and hotmail difficult to use in countries like Cuba that have a slow satellite connection and insane cell data roaming charges.

Throttle your network back to 4KB/s and increase your ping to 1000ms, then try to login to each service. Google is the quickest, especially if you dumb it down to HTML.

srbeen said,

Do they ever. likely for composing/sending more than reading. Google usually has very little to NO picture-ads, which makes services riddled with them such as yahoo and hotmail difficult to use in countries like Cuba that have a slow satellite connection and insane cell data roaming charges.

Throttle your network back to 4KB/s and increase your ping to 1000ms, then try to login to each service. Google is the quickest, especially if you dumb it down to HTML.

So Google is best in 3rd world countries with slow & expensive internet. Got it

eliokh said,
1- gmail
2- hotmail
3- yahoo

Correct. Hotmail and Yahoo are local US services with some little popularity outside US. It's like Mail.Ru and Yandex for Russia or Baidu for China. While Google Mail is popular in almost half of the world.

coth said,

Correct. Hotmail and Yahoo are local US services with some little popularity outside US. It's like Mail.Ru and Yandex for Russia or Baidu for China. While Google Mail is popular in almost half of the world.

Lol. What world is this? I know many Asian countries love Yahoo!, many Europeans and South Americans like Hotmail (especially for MSN/WLM).

Quikboy said,

Lol. What world is this? I know many Asian countries love Yahoo!, many Europeans and South Americans like Hotmail (especially for MSN/WLM).


Many doesn't mean majority.

If Yahoo would allow free pop access like everyone else I would still use them, but charging for it is BS.

Switched to Hotmail a while back (actually an @msn.com address but same thing). I get one or two spam messages a day, not too bad. They all have spam, it's unavoidable.

TRC said,
If Yahoo would allow free pop access like everyone else I would still use them, but charging for it is BS.

Switched to Hotmail a while back (actually an @msn.com address but same thing). I get one or two spam messages a day, not too bad. They all have spam, it's unavoidable.

Inorite? Ten years ago companies could get away with this but in 2012 it is hard to believe that Yahoo still charges users for POP access when Gmail gives you IMAP and Hotmail gives you EAS, both superior technologies, for free! (Goog & MS also give free POP access). Gmail and Hotmail will also let you host on your own domain for free, whereas Yahoo doesn't even have that option. But I guess most users don't care about stuff like POP access and domains.

gmail with Apple's mail client ... I also have accounts with Lycos, yahoo, aol and hotmail and gmail is the best for me by far

I've used them all. If you're still using hotmail or yahoo, you have no idea what the internet is used for. Okay, that's a bit harsh-- but the filtering options, tagging and sorting works much better in Gmail (google allows you to create an unlimited number of rules, where others allow a max of 5-10). Gmail also offers Labs. Using labs, I've successfully customized my Gmail to display multiple inboxes simultaneously (by order of importance). What kind of spam or junk you get is directly related to the junk you sign up for an visit. If I signed up for it, or gave a site my email, I don't consider their email's to be junk. It's when your email is completely unsolicited that gets my goat, and Gmail doesn't allow for it either.

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