Gmail finally open to all

Registrations for Google’s web e-mail service Googlemail - a.k.a. Gmail - have finally been opened up to all internet users, as the service today moved out of its initial ‘invite only’ phase almost three years after its launch.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  February 8, 2007

Registrations for Google’s web e-mail service Googlemail - a.k.a. Gmail - have finally been opened up to all internet users, as the service today moved out of its initial ‘invite only’ phase almost three years after its launch. Originally unveiled in April 2004 in a move that was both received with eager anticipation by many internet users and caused analysts to air concerns about data privacy, the Googlemail service was the first web-mail product to provide surfers with a full gigabyte of storage capacity. This relatively huge amount shook up the webmail industry, with Microsoft’s Hotmail team and Yahoo! then responding in turn by upping their own free and paid-for service capacities. A year later in April 2005 Google doubled its webmail capacity to two gigabytes per user. This amount has since been rising incrementally and currently stands at 2.8 gigabytes. In addition to the gradual addition of features such as e-mail labels and a calendar function, in February 2006 Google integrated its Talk messaging application into Gmail, allowing users to chat with and call Gmail-using friends and family direct from their personal Gmail pages. Googlemail is still referred to by Google as being at 'beta' testing stage.

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