With 1.5 billion users per month, Google Gmail 15 years ago


San Francisco, April 1 (IANS) – Google's Gmail email service, which has nearly 1.5 billion active users per month, turned 15 on Monday.

Created by Paul Buchheit on April 1, 2004, Gmail started with an initial storage capacity of one gigabyte per user.

Today, Gmail allows 15 GB of free storage. Users can receive emails up to 50 MB, including attachments, as long as they can send emails up to 25 MB.

To send larger files, users can insert Google Drive files into the message.

"Yahoo Mail has 228 million users a month. Bit by bit, Gmail has evicted operators like AOL Mail and Hotmail," reports CNET.

It's still a free product for consumers, but Gmail has now become a paid set of corporate products, including presentation and word processing software.

One year after Gmail, the company launched Google Maps, which is now the leading web mapping service.

Google also bought Android and YouTube, the largest mobile operating system and video sharing site.

The company built the Chrome browser, which replaced Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the preferred choice of end users.

"All Google products have more than a billion users each. Android alone moves almost nine out of every 10 smartphones sold globally," the report added.

In January, Google launched a new interface design for the mobile version of Gmail, which includes new visual implementations as well as resource additions.

As part of the new design, users will be able to view attachments quickly, such as photos, without having to open or browse through the entire conversation.

Google is also testing a set of new inbox features like fixed messages, reminders, and category bundles for the new Gmail for Android.

Google launched the great redesign of Gmail in 2018 and added several new features including Smart Answering, Suspending Emails, Track Nudges and Focus Actions, as well as Attachments and Images Online on Android.


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