Google’s e-mail service Gmail that has nearly 1.5 billion monthly active users turned 15 on Monday. Developed by Paul Buchheit on April 1, 2004, Gmail begun with an initial storage capacity of one gigabyte per user. Now, Gmail allows 15GB free storage. Users are able to easily get emails up to 50MB in size, such as attachment, when they are able to send emails up to 25MB in size.
In order to send larger files, users are able to insert files from Google Drive into the message. “Yahoo Mail has 228 million users a month. Gradually, Gmail displaced incumbents like AOL Mail and Hotmail,” reports CNET. This is still a free product for consumers however Gmail has now turn out to be a paid suite of enterprise products, which include presentation and word processing software.
A year after Gmail, the company launched Google Maps that is currently the leading map service on the web. Google also bought Android and YouTube, the biggest mobile operating system and video-sharing site. The company built the Chrome browser, which replaced Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the preferred choice of the end users. “All those Google products have a lot more than a billion users each. Android alone powers almost nine out of every 10 smartphones shipped internationally,” the report added.
Google in January launched a new interface design for the mobile version of Gmail which includes new visual implementations, along with feature additions. As a part of the new design, users can quickly view attachments like photos without having to open or scroll through the entire conversation. Google is also reportedly testing a set of new inbox features like pinned messages, reminders and category bundles for the new Gmail for Android.
Google rolled out the big redesign of Gmail in 2018 and added a number of new features, such as Smart Reply, email snoozing, follow-up Nudges and hover actions, as well as the inline attachments and images on Android.