Can Microsoft Stomp Google in Email, Search, and More?

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So, Microsoft still had a little ways to go to catch up with the competitors. Lucky for it, the new Outlook.com saw 60 million users sign up during its preview period, with a third of them also being Gmail users. From now until summer, Microsoft will be moving over its Hotmail users to Outlook, and could overtake Gmail in doing so.

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With the numbers rising for Microsoft’s Outlook, other connected and related services may also see a rise, like its Bing search — which had a 16.5 percent share of searches in December, compared to Google’s 67 percent — or Sky Drive. These services would stand in direct competition to those offered by Google, and a strong user base could tip the scales. It may even help boost the popularity of Microsoft’s mobile devices.

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