Gmail Overview Updated March 17, 2020


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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 March 17

Google Tasks integration in Gmail gets more prominent with toolbar shortcut

Gmail’s big Material Theme redesign in 2018 was accompanied by the relaunch of Google Tasks. The integration between the two services is now more prominent with an “Add to tasks” toolbar shortcut.

Gmail Stories March 10

With most people just sticking to a generic default for all correspondences, email signatures are an undervalued way to personalize messages. Gmail on the web is now adding support for saving and quickly accessing multiple signatures.

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Gmail Stories March 6

Back in January, Google widely launched G Suite Add-ons to allow third-party integrations across products like Calendar and Drive. Adobe today announced a plug-in that lets Gmail users quickly access Creative Cloud.

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Gmail Stories February 26

Gmail gets better at detecting malicious documents, over 50% come from Office docs

Lots of emails are sent with malicious intent, putting a heavy burden on Google’s Gmail to protect users. As it turns out, a lot of malicious attachments come from documents, but Gmail is getting better at detecting them.

Whether you work online or not, we all get a ton of emails daily. If you’re trying to achieve “Inbox Zero,” though, there’s currently a slight hurdle on Gmail’s Android app. A bug on Gmail for Android is removing the ability to empty the trash or spam folders.

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Gmail Stories February 19

Search in Gmail can be quite powerful, but that functionality is hidden behind operators and awareness of more advanced techniques. Google today announced “search chips” for Gmail on the web to simplify filtering results.

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