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MailChimp posts major email providers trend update: Gmail on top, Hotmail declining

MailChimp has posted an update on their email providers trend: the number of emails their platform sends to each major email provider including AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail/Outlook.com, Comcast and Gmail.

Last year, no less than three of those email providers were running very close to each other: those were Yahoo, Hotmail and Gmail.

However, last month Gmail had over 100 million more active accounts being sent to by MailChimp than Hotmail: quite a big difference! The raw numbers are 536,377,176 for Gmail versus 428,019,961 for Hotmail.

Here’s the email provider statistic running from July 2011 through to July 2012:


Even AOL has grown by about 40 million, from about 59 million to 98 million last month.

The post does mention to take the numbers not too seriously:

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out some potential skewing of the numbers. For instance, we only track emails sent to some of the domains used by the email providers. We include hotmail.com and hotmail.co.uk, but not live.com, outlook.com, and some international domains. Google Apps users with private domains aren’t included either. So consider with a grain of chocolate salt — which is delicious, by the way.

Even so, the post does give some insight in the shift in webmail providers’ user base over the past 12 months. I wonder whether Microsoft can turn the tide with Hotmail now rebranded as Outlook.com.

One of the reasons Gmail has been growing so fast could be the number of Android devices being activated on a daily basis, needing a Google account (most of the time created with a Gmail email address): over 400 Million devices have been activated so far, with 1 Million being activated every single day. Wow!

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Microsoft rebrands Hotmail service to Outlook.com

If you’ve logged into your Hotmail account in the past few hours, chances are you’ve been greeted with a message from the Outlook Team noting that the service has been renamed to Outlook.com:


As an existing Hotmail user you have the option to get an Outlook.com email address, while the original Hotmail address email will still be delivered in your inbox. Read more

Interview with Get Fractal founder Abs Farah

getfractal_logoThe following interview is with Abs Farah: one of the founders of Get Fractal, a UK company dedicated to making your life better. The way they do it is by taking your html and css you designed as a regular web page, and put it through the blender, and out comes email client friendly html and css. Yaay!

Here’s the interview:

Remy: Tell us a little about how did Fractal get started: the idea, the goals, the challenges.

Abs: Like most startups, the best problems to solve are those that you’ve experienced yourself. “Scratching your own itch”, so to speak. This was the case for us when we started Fractal. Whilst studying computer science at University, my brother and I did a lot freelance work in our free time. Mostly web based applications. However, at one point a particular client asked us if we could create an email marketing campaign for them, something we hadn’t done before. But we thought sure, it’s only HTML and CSS, how hard could it be? Read more

Gmail users now number 425 Million, becomes most used webmail service

After the news that Chrome has become the most used browser on the planet (with 310 million users), Gmail has surpassed Hotmail with a total of 425 Million monthly active users, according to the official blog. With that number it has surpassed Hotmail for the first time in history. We noted back in January that Gmail was at 350 Million, so the growth has been strong and steady.


A quote from TechCrunch:

It’s being used by government agencies in 45 states and 66 of the top 100 universities in the U.S. have already gone Google. Google also announced that over 5 million businesses have now “gone Google.” This, says Google, includes a number of large companies, including Roche, KLM and others.

The service began in 2004, and it has been growing ever since. Over the years, important new features have been introduced, including Priority Inbox, to help users get a handle on their email stream.

These numbers come from Google itself: comScore on the other hand notes that the number of active Gmail users is much lower:

Google has way less unique visitors and still gives the edge to Hotmail and Yahoo. ComScore’s latest numbers from May have Hotmail at No. 1 with 325 million unique visitors, Yahoo at No. 2 with 298 million users, and Gmail at No. 3 with 289 million users.

However, comScore is a competitor to Google (in the analytics field), and the above stats do  not include smartphone / tablet access or internet cafe access, so the reliability of those numbers is debatable.

Congrats to Gmail on becoming no. 1 in just 8 years!

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Preview: new Metro-style Hotmail interface leaked

The people over at Liveside.net have gotten their hands on some hi-res screenshots of the new Hotmail interface, which Metro-style design (derived from Windows 8) is consistent with your Microsoft account and profile page.

Below is a small selection of the interface screenshots.

Inbox view:


New message compose window:


Interface navigation:

More screenshots can be found here.

The welcome message notes the following:

  • A modern interface: faster and cleaner
    The simple, fluid and interactive design of Newmail makes it easy to use whether you’re on a desktop, phone or tablet.
  • Get a Newmail email address for your new inbox
    You can get a new email address from Newmail. You don’t have to worry about your contacts and previous emails, you’ll keep them. And, you’ll continue receiving messages sent to your current email address.
  • Bring your inbox to life – Connect Facebook
    Connect and chat across services like Facebook and Twitter. Keep your contacts information automatically in sync, and see what your friends are up to, right from Newmail.

The interface is optin only from the beginning (expected July/August), so existing users will at first have a choice if they want to switch over or not. Looking at the screenshots, the interface looks cleaner and sleeker than it is now, even though the current Hotmail interface isn’t really that bad.

Earlier on we posted a preview of the Outlook 15 interface, part of Office 15, expected to be released late 2012 together with Windows 8.

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