Next week, Microsoft will “unleash a new version of its leading “Hotmail” email service that carries the fight against Google from corporate IT departments onto the screens of the hundreds of millions of lone users and small teams who swear by Gmail. Yet the email market is tilting the other way. Gmail, a late arrival in 2004, has gathered enough converts that it’s now close to passing Hotmail to become the number one email service. I could quote ComScore numbers, but a quick look at the addresses in your inbox will be far more convincing. That’s why Microsoft has totally overhauled Hotmail as an unabashed Gmail competitor. Next Monday, the company will take the wraps off its new version at a media event in San Francisco. Having tracked Microsoft’s change in strategy for its apps, I can tell you what the most likely new Hotmail features will be, as evidenced by the company’s other recent product releases,” writes VentureBeat.