iOS 5 Gives Huge Boost to Hotmail
Strangely enough, iOS 5 has done a whole lot of good for Microsoft, particularly with regard to Hotmail. Thanks in no small part to how much easier it is to establish a variety of email accounts in iOS 5, Microsoft is seeing an unprecedented rush of new account sign-ups.
This week, Microsoft's Chris Jones admitted on the Windows Live Blog that a whopping two million iOS 5 users have already brought their Hotmail accounts over to their iDevices. All told, Microsoft is seeing about 100,000 new activations each and every day.
In terms of Hotmail connections to iOS 5 devices, most are on iPhones, "with over 60% on iPhone 4 and higher, and almost 25% on the new iPhone 4S," the post reads. Hotmail has also been optimized, naturally, for the Windows Phone, Nokia, BlackBerry, and Android devices.
Microsoft is essentially having the opposite experience with iOS 5 that rival Google is having. Earlier this week after debuting its long-awaited Gmail app for iOS 5, Google was forced to yank the app due to a number of bugs that impaired the smooth operation of the email app. It was an ugly start, indeed, to Gmail's official foray into iOS-land.