It’s been over 10 years since Google released Gmail. During that 10 years a lot has change both within Gmail and the internet in a span of 10 years. We have gone from Myspace to Facebook and Instagram, twitter and more. While products change and we have seen Gmail change over the years, they also tend to get better as well and that couldn’t be truer with Gmail.com
Gmail was not the first free email site nor will it be the last but it is one of the largest and it became one of the largest by offering more storage space, better capabilities, speed and layout then the other email providers were offering at that time and in doing so it has attracted over 500 million users worldwide according to Quora.com.
Some Features that Made Gmail.com Popular
- Gmail Mobile App – The mobile app was a recent development (last 5 years) but it has been downloaded over 1 billion times. Allowing users to access their email accounts on the go.
- Gmail Translation – One feature incorporated into the email service is the ability to translate text from one language to another which has allowed people from different nations and countries communicate for efficiently.
- Spam Blocker – Google didn’t invent the spam blocker but they did greatly improve and incorporate it into their email systems, blocking spam before it even hits the users account, which improves a user’s email efficiency and reduce time deleting spam.
- Uptime – Gmail’s uptime in 2013 was 99.978% which translates to about 2 hours of downtime over a course of a year which is pretty good
Awards issued to Gmail
After 10 years of being in service, there are many other products and services that have grabbed the attention of tech bloggers and magazines but when it was initially launched and opened to the public and tech writers to test out the service did get its fair share of awards.
- Gmail was classified second in PC World (magazine)|PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2005
- Gmail as well gained ‘Honorable Mention’ in the Bottom Line Design Awards 2005
- 2005 Webby Honoree
- In September 2006, Forbes periodical proclaimed Gmail as the finest webmail
- In November 2006, Gmail experienced PC World’s 4 star grading.
The Future of Gmail
Gmail has been around for over 10 years, which in terms of internet time is pretty remarkable, not only to be around but also to be still relevant. What the next 10 years holds only Google really knows, they have expanded to mobile and came out with Gmail 2.0 in the version of Inbox email service. They offer bill paying and sending money through email. They have opened up Gmail to third party developers which have created extensions and apps to help users be more productive using the service. They have also introduced a new Gmail login page which could possible remove the password required to access the account. There are also issues that they have to tackle such as privacy and security as email is becoming a central starting point for hackers.
As we mentioned early, what the future holds for Gmail only Google really knows, but if we had to make a bet we would be inclined to believe that it will be around for another 10 years, making improvements to the service that many people enjoy and use daily.
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