The most astonishing thing about the news that Gmail, Google's email service, has finally overtaken Microsoft's equivalent, Hotmail, is that anybody still uses Hotmail. It's about as fashionable as Bros or white stilettoes. Gmail has been the go-to email address for years now. Who would bother with Hotmail?
Apart from me, of course. I was gobsmacked to discover that, according to official figures, 286.2 million people use Hotmail (as opposed to 287.9 million who now use Gmail). I thought I was the last person in the world to have a Hotmail address.
Oh dear. My principal e-mail address is the even more antiquated yahoo.com. I guess that whatever street cred I once possessed has vanished into the internet ether.
On the other hand, it's only an e-mail address. It functions - and who needs all the more fashionable bells and whistles? Furthermore, it's somewhat similar to your current account at the bank; why go through the hassle of changing it?