Gmail Overview Updated September 15, 2016


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.

246 Gmail stories

June 2011 - September 2016

Gmail Stories September 15

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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

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Gmail Stories August 15

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Gmail Stories August 10

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Gmail Stories July 19

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As someone who uses multiple Gmail accounts, I often find myself switching to the account I actually want to use after loading the Gmail home page. By default, Gmail will load the first account that you initially log in to. If you wish to view another Gmail account, you’ll need to utilize the account switcher option in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could set up a bookmark to go directly to a desired account instead of having to rely on the account switcher? In this brief tutorial, we’ll show you how to do just that. expand full story

Gmail Stories July 7

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