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Released March, 2004

Product Shot 1 The Pros:A ton of storage capacity (almost 3GB). Free, easy POP, SMTP access. Organizes emails into conversations.

The Cons:Can't manually break up conversations. Search works only with full words. Can't set two labels in one filter.

GMail (accessible at gmail.google.com) is Google's entry into the Web-based email market. They allow almost unlimited storage (6.8+ GB currently and growing at a rate of 3.35 MB / day). Not only a Web-based system, GMail supports POP3, IMAP, and push (via Exchange Server)  access to the account for use in third-party e-mail applications like Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird and your smartphone (iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, MS Mobile).

Product Shot 2 GMail is available in a mobile version at gmail.com/app. It's initial release came March 21, 2004.

GMail Labs

Google launched a new tab called "Labs" accessible from all users' "Settings" tab in their GMail account on June 5th, 2008 at 6pm. They will use this area to test experimental GMail features, largely developed as part of Google's 20% time strategy in which engineer's are encouraged to spend one day per week working on projects outside of their job descriptions. Features in the lab will come and go at Google's description, and some may work they way out of the lab into the core GMail offering as is done with the traditional Google Labs program.

The current GMail Labs features are:

  • a module for quick links (saved searches, important messages)
  • superstars (additional star icons)
  • pictures in Gmail chat
  • fixed width font
  • custom keyboard shortcuts
  • mouse gestures
  • random signature
  • signature tweaks (places the signature before the quoted text)
  • custom date format
  • muzzle (hide the status of your contacts in Gmail chat)
  • play Snake inside Gmail
  • email addict (blocks the screen for 15 minutes)
  • hide unread count

User Reviews (82)

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  • 59

    A ton of storage capacity (almost 3GB)

  • 52

    Free, easy POP, SMTP access

  • 51

    Organizes emails into conversations

  • 48

    Fast, powerful searching of your emails

  • 42

    Built in chat

  • 42

    Ability to create tags and apply multiple tags per email.

  • 40

    Free IMAP access

  • 37

    Best spam protection

  • 33

    Great UI

  • 30

    Mobile version available

  • 28

    Lightweight, fast loading, easy to use, but still carries advanced features

  • 26

    Get GMail for your own custom domain for free

  • 24


  • 24

    Useful addons in GMail labs

  • 13

    Integrate well with Google Chrome

  • 11

    Ability to switch to HTML and chat-disabled mode if need-be

  • 8

    Fully feature packed with G-Talk, Documents, Calendar and more

  • 7

    Hardly ever experience downtime

  • 6

    Anti-virus protection

  • 5

    Supports push delivery to all smartphones as of Sept. 22, 2009

  • 5

    Streamlined interface full of features

  • 5

    Available for your own domain using Google Apps for Domains - there's a free version, just have to look for it a bit

  • 5

    Can be set up as an Exchange server for push notification on mobile

  • 5

    Priority Inbox - intelligently learns which e-mails are important to you, gives them to you first, with everything else coming after

  • 4

    Awesome keyboard shortcuts increase productivity - especially on laptops

  • 3

    integrated video, voice and free / cheap international calling functionality

  • 2

    Over 7gb of storage

  • 1

    Stylish and Beutiful

  • 1

    Storage constantly expands.

  • -10

    Saves my college $250,000 a year, and it's better than the old email system.

  • 14

    Can't manually break up conversations

  • 7

    Search works only with full words

  • 6

    Can't set two labels in one filter

  • 5

    Does not automatically switch to a Secured https page while using the application.

  • 2

    Can incorrectly groups emails in conversations

  • 1

    Can't sorting!

  • -1

    Slow updates from secondary pop3-accounts

  • -2

    overused domain name @gmail.com

  • -4

    Targeted advertising

  • -6

    Does search only complete words......................

  • -7

    Does not deal well with low bandwidth or poor connections

  • -10

    Heavy javascript usage slows page loading

  • -21

    can't create folders!

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atomic1fire: #gmail

The one con about the heavy JavaScript usage is pretty null, considering most modern browsers are designed to handle the load, though dial up users may want to use the inbox preview feature.

Oct 29, 09
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gaurav: #gmail I really fel this is the best emailing system in the online enviornment. Mar 17, 09
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Howlsthunder: #gmail My web-based email of choice. it is uncluttered, has a minimum of text-only ads I barely notice, loads quickly, and the interface is well organized. My absolute favorite element is how email threads are organized into single "conversations", making it a breeze to view one series of replies all at once. With every other major web-based email (Yahoo, Hotmail), each reply must be viewed seperately, which to me is a pain. And though it took a little getting used to, with the tagging and powerful search ability, you don't need folders at all. Apr 16, 08
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GT-D: #gmail same here, also use it for work stuff and with better gmail plug in some of the functionality that could be wanted in gmail can be easily added. Feb 7, 08
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meNNis: #gmail This became my web-based email of choice when it first launched, over a year ago. Dec 14, 07
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