Google Announces Gmail Search-Based Webmail

Apr 02, 2004

Google Inc. is testing a preview release of Gmail, a free search-based webmail service that Google claims has a storage capacity of up to eight billion bits of information, the equivalent of 500,000 pages of email. Though many media outlets questioned whether the release was an April Fool's Day hoax, spokespeople from Google have confirmed that Gmail is a new offering that grew out of complaints Google received regarding problems with existing webmail offerings. Gmail was developed based on the idea that users should not have to file or delete a message, or struggle to find an email they have sent or received. Features of Gmail include: Search--Built on Google search technology, Gmail is designed to enable people to search every email they have sent or received. Storage--Gmail comes with 1,000 megabytes (1 gigabyte) of free storage. Speed--Gmail eliminates the need to file messages into folders, and shows messages in the context of all the replies sent in response. For the immediate future, Gmail is available as a preview test version to a limited number of users.

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