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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 February 1

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Update: While Gmail on older versions of Chrome will continue to function after 2017, it will no longer be “supported for quality assurance and security” by Google. The article has been updated to reflect this.


The silent update mechanism in Chrome is a genius feature that guarantees you are always on the latest version. There are always reasons why people and organizations can’t upgrade, but to provide further encouragement, Google has announced that Gmail will stop receiving support on Chrome 53 and lower by the end of this year.

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Gmail Stories January 25

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Google announced on its G Suite Updates blog today that Gmail will soon be adding another file type to its restriction list. Currently, Gmail restricts file types such as .exe, .msc, and .bat. Starting February 13th, however, another file type will be joining that group: .js.

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Gmail Stories September 15, 2016

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Millions have been hit by a Gmail outage, with the U.S. and UK the main countries affected. Users reported getting a ‘service not available’ message. Google said that the outage was limited to those using Google for Work, with Google Chat also hit.

Google first acknowledged the issue at 8.16am PT yesterday, with service restored for ‘some’ users around 90 minutes later. The company then issued a series of updates to its status page, indicating that service was gradually being restored to increasing numbers of users …

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Gmail Stories September 14, 2016

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Gmail Stories August 15, 2016

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Gmail Stories August 10, 2016

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