It’s just been 5 years when compared to Hotmail (launched in July 1996 ) Yahoomail (inaugurated in 19997) for Gmail beta release. But with 146 million monthly users is now the third largest Web mail service in the U.S.
The good thing is that the Gmail service was upgraded from beta status on July 7, 2009, along with the rest of the Google Apps suite.
Google’s Gmail is now the third-largest Web e-mail service in the U.S., surpassing AOL e-mail with 37 million monthly unique users, according to new comScore estimates for July 2009.
Yahoo! Mail serves over 280 million users as of 2009, while hotmail has 47 million unique visitors. Lately, Gmail unique visitors have grown up by 25% while that of AOL has declined by 22 percent for the same period.