Google Mail is 10 years old, here are its best bits.
The Gmail app for Android came in 2008 on T-Mobile’s G1 phone. It came to iOS devices in November 2011 – and has been downloaded almost a billion times. It’s fluid, fast, and free!
Gmail took Ajax mainstream
Before ‘cloud’ as we know it, the idea of storing data on a server already exited for years, and Google utilisd this to deliver a service over a network with flexible mass storage, accessible from anywhere. Cloud! You could leave work and go home to your desktop, and access Gmail on a completely different browser or operating system and it worked, and looked the same. Gmail was always there for you, a new concept for many users.
Go into the settings tab, and you get to change the theme of your Gmail. There’s a whole range of fonts, cover images, background images.
It just works
Yes, simple and succinct. Gmail just works, all the time. It’s fast, reliable, has all the killer features, and with integrated functionality with Google Plus and Google Now, Gmail is an ever increasing lifeline of users’ lives.
Here’s what it looked like 10 years ago, from the Google System blog.