Gmail Overview Updated July 6, 2018


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Announced on April 1, 2004 with an unprecedented 1GB of user storage, many assumed that Gmail was just one of Google’s April Fools’ pranks. For comparison, competing services only had 2 to 4MB for users to store email messages and attachments. Currently, Gmail storage is combined with that of other Google products with 15GB available for free.

Gmail was released in beta with an invite system and was not open to the general public until February 2007. In July of 2009, it finally dropped its beta status. As of February 2016, Gmail is the most widely used web email provider with 1 billion active users worldwide.

Besides email, Gmail has a number of features, including integration with Google Drive for sending large attachments and choosing images from Google Photos. Users can fully search their email with advanced spam filtering and labels to manage messages. Google also scans emails to show context-related advertisements.

Since launch, the email service has gone through a number of redesigns. Apps are available for Android, iOS, and the mobile web.

Gmail Stories July 6

There’s been a lot of brouhaha this week about Gmail and the access that it’s giving third-party apps to your email. I already outlined exactly why this is not something to be particularly concerned about and how those headlines might be misleading to some. One of the key takeaways of my argument is that you still have control over your data and who gets to use it, so here’s how to do that…

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Gmail Stories July 5

There’s been a lot of noise this week about Gmail and the access that some third-parties have to your Gmail inbox. Hidden under misleading headlines, reports have, I think rightfully, highlighted the parallels between Gmail’s system and Facebook’s prior third-party allowances which led to Cambridge Analytica-related repercussions. The public perception of these stories is much different, though.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Gmail Stories June 28

PSA: Some antivirus programs are causing connection issues with Google services

This morning, some users have been reporting — and we’ve witnessed first-hand — a combination of issues with antivirus programs leading to not being able to access Google sites, including Gmail.

Gmail Stories June 27

According to a tweet today from the Inbox by Gmail team, an option to automatically redirect to has been removed. That means you’ll have to go directly to if you want to use Inbox as your primary desktop web browser email client.

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Gmail Stories June 15

Gmail iOS app now uses AI to offer option of notifications only for important emails

My iPhone feels like a much calmer device since I went on a notifications diet, but if you can’t switch off email alerts because you need to know when important ones arrive, Google thinks it may have the solution. It’s iOS-only for now, but is coming ‘soon’ to Android …

Gmail Stories June 8

Gmail for Android update lets you customize swipe actions to delete, snooze, mark read, etc

There are about a million email clients available, but Google’s own Gmail app is my personal favorite just because it works so well. In a recent update, Google is giving users some new options for customizing in-app actions.

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