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Microsoft Says Has 60 Million Users

Microsoft Corp. said its free Web-based e-mail service has gained 60 million active users in its first six months, with a third of those switching from Google Inc.’s Gmail.

Microsoft had expected it to take a year to reach that level of usage and it took Gmail two years to get there, Dharmesh Mehta, a senior director for, said in an interview. A third of active users are Gmail customers now using as their primary free e-mail account, he said.