Launched on April 1, 2004 with just 1GB of user storage, many Google users at the time thought it was just one of Google’s April Fools’ pranks. For one, competing services, such as Hotmail and Yahoo, were offering 2 to 4MB for users to store email messages and attachments. Currently, Gmail storage is combined with that of other Google products with 15GB available at no extra charge.
Initially, Gmail was released in beta with an invite system and was not released to for public use until February, 2007. In July of 2009, it got rid of the beta status. As of February 2016, Gmail is the most widely used web email provider to 1 billion+ users on a daily basis.
Besides email, Gmail has a number of inimitable features, including integration with Google Drive for sending large attachments and choosing images from Google Photos. Users can fully search their email with advanced spam filtering and labels to manage messages. Google also can scan contents in email to bring more accurate results.
What’s Next for Gmail?
A lot of new and cool features have been added to Gmail, and more are on the way. For one, you can now schedule send times for emails. For example, you compose a work email on Sunday morning, but have it delivered on Monday morning to coincide with your office hours. Also coming soon is the Smart Compose in multiple languages. The feature will be available in Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese, as well as other Android devices besides Google Pixel phones.
Lastly, you can now take action without leaving your inbox. You can respond to a comment thread in Google Docs, browse hotel recommendations and much more. How cool is that? No more 10+ tabs to open up. No more unproductive multitasking.
4 of the Best Gmail Features You May Have Not Found Yet
Are you one of those people that receive hundreds of emails per day? You may have noticed that it can be a bit chaotic making sure you are responded to each and every one of them. The Gmail Nudge feature assists you with making sure you get back to everyone by resurfacing emails you haven’t responded to.
2. More Right Click Features
An expanded right click feature was added in February. It allows users to do more with a right-click on a conversation thread. Move emails across tabs, snooze emails, mute conversations, open emails in a new window, find messages from a specific sender, and do just about everything you could want to do from the main Gmail view.
3. Setting an Expiry Date
Confidential mode was released to every day users last year. It allows you to limit message copying and downloading and add an expiry time, which is optional. You can find this feature in the menu button (three dots) on mobile or the padlock symbol on the web when composing an email.
4. Undo Send
Have you ever sent an email and regretted it later? We all have. The Undo Send Feature of Gmail allows you to recall an email you sent. It will delay the email being sent by 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds, giving you time to “undo” sending the email within the grace period you set-up. This feature can be found in the Settings (the gear icon) on the General page.
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