Microsoft Says Outlook.com Has 60 Million Users
Microsoft Corp. said its free Outlook.com Web-based e-mail service has gained 60 million active users in its first six months, with a third of those switching from Google Inc.’s Gmail.
Microsoft had expected it to take a year to reach that level of usage and it took Gmail two years to get there, Dharmesh Mehta, a senior director for Outlook.com, said in an interview. A third of active users are Gmail customers now using Outlook.com as their primary free e-mail account, he said.
While free e-mail isn’t a huge money-maker -- Mehta said Outlook.com carries about 60 percent fewer advertisements than Microsoft’s previous Hotmail product...