As part of its Google I/O conference event this week, Google announced that its Gmail web-based email service now has over 425 million monthly active users
. If true, this would be a massive leap over the 350 million Gmail users that Google claimed to have secured during a financial conference call in January
More importantly, these user numbers would also put Gmail ahead of Hotmail, run by Microsoft, making Gmail the most used web-based email service in the world. In July 2011, Microsoft said that Hotmail had 360 million users. The company has yet to offer an update since then.