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Right on the money. Microsoft Outlook actually has FAR more users than Gmail (which is actually one of the least popular webmail apps), yet there are twice as many RescueTime users using Gmail.

I agree with the gist here - RescueTime probably isn't a very good cross-section sample of the population at large. But is it strictly true that there are far more users of Outlook than Gmail? It certainly isn't true that Gmail is "one of the least popular webmail apps;" I think you mean that Gmail is only the third most popular webmail app, behind Yahoo! and Hotmail, and that each of those have almost three times as many users as Gmail. [http://www.email-marketing-reports.com/metrics/email-statist...] But Gmail's user base is approaching 100 million; that's not exactly a tiny amount. And I honestly have no idea how many users Outlook has; I'm aware that Office holds down about 90% market share in businesses in the US [http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/166123/forrest...] but how many users does that translate to? And how many are there worldwide? I don't think you can just assume that there are more than 100 million; maybe somebody knows something I don't. I'd like to see some data.

My instinct is that webmail, mostly in the hands of Hotmail and Yahoo! mail, has long eclipsed local email programs (like Outlook) in the minds of most users in the world. Gmail was a late comer to this game, and doesn't have nearly the users they do; when you think about 500 or 600 million people the world over using Hotmail and Yahoo! mail, it's hard to believe that local email programs even come close.

Edit: sorry, rereading, now I realize maybe you mean Microsoft has far more users than Gmail. Which is absolutely true - there are around three times as many people using Hotmail as there are using Gmail.

Yes, I was referencing Gmail's numbers compared to Yahoo! and Hotmail. Many people don't realize they have far more users than Gmail does. The majority of people using email today have no idea what a "conversation" is.

As for Outlook, CampaignMonitor's data shows that Outlook edges out webmail by quite a lot [http://www.campaignmonitor.com/stats/email-clients/]. Not sure how accurate their data is, but it's better than raw speculation.

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