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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.
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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