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Apple’s iOS 5 Helping Microsoft Hotmail Grow With Over 100,000 Signups Daily

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An interesting report published by The Next Web (via Windows Live blog) suggests how iOS 5 is proving beneficial for Hotmail’s rapid growth, especially through mobile devices. It is claimed that over 2 million customers have connected Hotmail to iOS devices since the release of iOS 5 with over a 100,000 new iOS 5 devices being set up with Hotmail every day. The main reason for this sudden “Hotmail surge” is the simplicity with which a Hotmail account can be linked to an iPhone, iPod or iPad in iOS 5’s native Mail.app.

Here’s a simple chart showing Hotmail signups on iOS 5 devices with major contributions from iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.

According to the source:

Hotmail has around 360 million unique monthly users, so the overlap between the iOS gadget owners and Hotmail users must be quite wide. But there is something vaugley dirty, you must feel, about Hotmail on an iPad. It’s a bit like bringing a 1999 Honda Accord to an open track day. It’s a bit out of place.

Of course, Hotmail has been making strides to capitalize on its massive userbase, and to combat the rise of Gmail, which will eat its proverbial midday meal if it doesn’t radically reform. It appears to be trying to do just that, if its most recent product news is any indicator.

As an iOS 5 user, do you prefer Hotmail over Gmail as your primary email provider?

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  • Anonymous

    Give me gmail over hotmail and day.

  • Anonymous

    Neither, @me.com all the way!

  • Justin

    Hotmail just got so cluttered and unnecessarily complicated. Gmail is simple. I occasionally have to log in to my hotmail and am still baffled at how convoluted the homepage is. Why can’t, upon login, it actually take the user to its mailbox?

  • AMail

    Neither, my hotmail account is garbage now, I’ve had it since 97 or so and logging into it is like taking a walk in a bad neighborhood. Gmail has no push alerts (I know hacks blah blah, new app coming soon if they fixed it blah blah) and its been years. I stick with yahoo and Rogers using the yahoo exchange. The me.com is not bad either. I got one because it should technically be the best push mail and it’s free.

  • Anonymous

    Gmail is more reliable at push emails
    Hotmail sometimes doesn’t push emails and they only show up after I open the Mail app.

    That’s my only problem. I use both emails everyday set for push and as long as the emails arrive I’m good.

  • Who trusts Microsoft these days? 

    I still remember when they yanked the calendar from Hotmail a few years back and left their users hanging. Gmail has more features and seems to be getting new stuff on a regular basis… “Call phone” feature is what sold me… if they’d only bring Google Voice to Canada they’d really shake things up here.

  • Jose

    I’ve rocked a hotmail account since forever, and never bothered trying to inform all my friends to “email me from now on at my Gmail account.”  Hotmail on my iPhone has meant that I never have to log in to their stupid webpage anymore.

  • Brian

    I have both on my iPhone. In the mail app they’re identical, although maybe the push is a little more reliable for GMail. Hotmail seems to have a new message arrive exactly when I open the inbox on a regular basis. The website for each is no question, GMail is much better. Sorting, labeling, archiving, blocking spam, ease of logging in and out without being brought to five different Windows websites along the way. Not to mention logging in to check my mail online also puts me online for Messenger. Don’t remember ever setting itup to do that. It’s quite annoying noticing I have messages within my browser because I left the hotmail window open and people think I’m ignoring them.

  • Anonymous

    For me, email of choice is Yahoo, followed closely with Gmail. Yahoo has the highest level of security, so you can be sure of sending and receiving virus free emails, and Gmail, less. Hotmail on the other hand has no security and can be quite dangerous if you’re using your PC to send and receive email. The big factor is the device you use the most for email. If it’s only your iOS device, you’re safe, otherwise -for Windows and Android- go with a secure email such as Yahoo and Google. I know this as I’ve been a computer/Telecom consultant for nearly 30 years.

  • Anonymous

    My hotmail used to be my primary email for everything. Right now I’m moving to gmail and my school mail but still keep the hotmail for forum subscriptions and random online accounts for games etc

  • Oshawapilot

    Uh, you realize Gmail works equally well on the iPhone, right?

  • Karlhunguslovesyou

    Perhaps you should also look into proofreading posts one of these days…

  • Anonymous

    Haha. Thanks mom. I mean, man. I think mom works better though. I’m loving Siri. Look ma! No hands. Hahaha. Plus if you really must know. I really don’t have hands. Well… At least only parts of fingers. Word to the wise. Don’t be so quick to judge.

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