Gmail Overview Updated September 29, 2017


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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 September 29

GOOG: 959.11


In light of high-profile hacks of political figures, especially during the 2016 US Presidential election, Google is working on new security tools. Aimed as a service for politicians and executives, it will replace two-factor authentication (2FA) and enforce other security policies.

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Gmail Stories September 26

GOOG: 924.86


Back in May, a G Suite product roadmap revealed that Google Calendar on the web was due for a revamp in late 2017, while we saw testing of that Material redesign last month. Meanwhile, Gmail is slated for a similar redesign that also adds features like Smart Reply, Snooze, and more to the web.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Gmail Stories September 18

GOOG: 915.00


In Android Oreo, highlighting an address, email, or phone number will pop up a suggestion bar to open the appropriate corresponding app on your device. This feature uses machine learning and of course requires an OS update, but in the meantime Gmail and Inbox are being updated with a similar time-saving feature.

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Gmail Stories July 24

GOOG: 980.34


Gmail’s Smart Reply feature is now available in Spanish on Android and iOS

Smart Reply for Gmail was announced back at I/O a couple of months ago as a feature designed to save time when sending quick responses. Today, Google is expanding that feature to Spanish-language users.

Gmail Stories June 23

GOOG: 965.59


Since Gmail launched in 2004, one point of constant contention with the free service was how it scanned a user’s emails to show personalized and tailored ads. However, an upcoming change later this year will see Google end this practice in Gmail.

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Gmail Stories June 14

GOOG: 950.76


Yesterday was Marissa Mayer’s official departure from Yahoo, where she served as CEO since 2012. After many years of her trying to turn the company around, shareholders finally put Yahoo to its independent death earlier this month with their votes to approve Yahoo’s sale to Verizon.

Mayer is walking away with a hefty $260 million, though, and apparently has her mind on one big life change: she gets to use Gmail again, a product she helped create.

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