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Hotmail Stays on Top of Free E-mail Providers

Hotmail, the free email service available from the Ninemsn portal, continues to dominate the Australian free e-mail market, according to latest research figures.

Independent research analysts Red Sheriff estimate Hotmail gained a reach of 52.3 per cent of the Australian Web audience during March, giving it a 15.3 per cent lead over its nearest competitor.

According to Ninemsn, the number of Australian registered accounts grew to more than two million in March, a jump of nearly one million over the past 12 months.

Ninemsn, the joint venture between ecorp and Microsoft, hopes that the addition of new value-added services such as the WebCourier and anti-spamming tools will continue to set Hotmail apart from other free e-mail services.

The WebCourier service delivers Web sites directly to the user's inbox, from a range of eleven different ninemsn categories.