Gmail Overview Updated November 15, 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 November 15

Earlier this year, on the coattails of the latest Gmail redesign, Google announced that it was shutting down Inbox by Gmail by March of next year. While this announcement should have been enough of a nudge to transition many users off the platform, Google is now giving a stronger push, and not all Inbox users are liking what they find on the other side.

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Gmail Stories October 30

Gmail for iOS adds unified inbox to view emails from multiple accounts

This year, Google rolled out a brand new Gmail with Material Theme and other AI features on the web, while also announcing that it plans to kill Inbox in 2019. Gmail for iOS is now finally gaining a unified inbox view.

Gmail Stories October 18

Gmail introduces Compose Actions, integrations with Dropbox, Atlassian, more

As a society, we spend a ridiculous amount of time on reading and writing emails, and though we’ve advanced, emails haven’t exactly kept pace. Today, Google has introduced Compose Actions, a new channel for integrating your other tools with Gmail.

Gmail Stories September 29

[Update: No longer possible] How to switch back to the classic Gmail on the web

Overnight, Google began to roll out the revamped Gmail which introduces a handful of new features alongside a new design. But if you aren’t a fan of these changes, you can still switch it back to the classic design. Here’s how…

Gmail Stories September 26

Smart Compose rolling out to G Suite as new Gmail becomes default next month

Announced at I/O 2018, Smart Compose in Gmail takes Smart Reply a step further and leverages Google’s AI to write entire messages for users. It’s already rolled out to regular accounts and is now coming to G Suite and enterprise users.

Gmail Stories September 19

Gmail will soon let you disable Smart Reply on the desktop

A new report out of The Wall Street Journal has some humorous anecdotes about Smart Reply’s prototype struggles, but it also mentioned a handy new setting coming soon to desktop users…

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