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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 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…

Gmail’s Smart Reply prototype thought ‘Sent from my iPhone’ was a good response

The Wall Street Journal is out today with a quick story on the rollout and reception of Gmail’s new Smart Reply feature, and it comes with a few interesting bits of information and anecdotes from random users and Google alike — one of which is particularly humorous…

Gmail Stories September 13

Google retiring ‘Gmail Offline’ Chrome app in favor of new built-in functionality

With the new Gmail, Google introduced an offline mode as part of the web app itself. That means that the longstanding Gmail Offline Chrome app that was used to enable offline functionality in the old Gmail is no longer necessary. So it makes sense that Google just announced its retirement…

Gmail Stories September 12

With the launch of the new Gmail earlier this year, many questioned the future of Inbox, the company’s experimental email client. Today, Google announced that Inbox by Gmail will be discontinued next year.

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Gmail Stories September 10

Google launched a completely redesigned Gmail on the web, featuring the Google Material Theme, earlier this year. We’ve been fans of it for quite a while from purely an aesthetic perspective, but it’s definitely had some places where it feels like Google chose form over function. No longer!

Now, Google’s letting you hide that pesky new Gmail sidebar that you never use.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Gmail Stories August 20

Gmail for Android adds ‘Undo Send’ feature from desktop version

One of the useful features that Gmail gained over the years is “Undo Send.” Like the name suggests, Gmail will allow you to take back an email after tapping the send button through an artificial delay. Long available on the web, this functionality is now making its way to Gmail for Android.

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