[extropy-chat] Google launches Gmail

Giu1i0 Pri5c0 gpmap at runbox.com
Thu Apr 1 12:12:08 UTC 2004

>From a Google press release: Amidst rampant media speculation, Google Inc. today announced it is testing a preview release of Gmail – a free search-based webmail service with a storage capacity of up to eight billion bits of information, the equivalent of 500,000 pages of email. Per user.  Those interested in learning more about Gmail can visit gmail.google.com.From an earlier article of the New York Times: The new service, to be named Gmail, is scheduled to be released on Thursday, according to people involved with the plan. It will be "soft launched," they said, in a manner that Google has followed with other features that it has added to its Web site, with little fanfare and initially presented as a long-running test. E-mail has become a crucial weapon in the competition to win the allegiance of Internet users, who often turn to one or two Web sites as the foundation of their online activities. As Microsoft's MSN and Yahoo are preparing to attack Google's role as the first place
 most people turn to carry out an Internet search, Google is hoping to counter those assaults by moving onto the turf its competitors have already claimed in providing e-mail services as part of their portals.
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