has passed AOL to become the third most popular email service
online. According to ComScore Gmail grew its monthly visitors in the
U.S. from 25.3 million in July 2008 to 36.9 million in July 2009.
The growth rate for the Gmail service from July 2008 to July
2009 has increased dramatically as well with the Google service
growing at 46% this year compared to 39% in 2008. AOL on the other
hand has seen its monthly visitors decline in the same period from
45.1 million in July 2008 to 36.4 million in July 2009.
Gmail continues to grow at its current rate, it is expected to pass
Windows Live Hotmail in about seven months. Hotmail currently has
47.1 million visitors and is basically stagnant at this time. Between
September 2007 and September 2008, the service lost 4% of its total
visitors and between July 2008 and July 2009, the service grew a
InformationWeek points out that when Windows
7 launches there could be an increased adoption of Hotmail which
would prevent or delay Gmail from overtaking it for second place
overall. The top free email service online is Yahoo Mail with 106.1
million visitors last month and a growth rate of about 11% in 2008
and 22% between July 2008 and July 2009.