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Friday, April 03, 2009

Gmail Is Now 5 Years Old

Gmail has successfully completed the journey of five years. Gmail was launched in April 1, 2004. That time a typical webmail account could only store about ten megabytes of mail, where Gmail came up with 1,000 megabytes (1 gigabyte) of free storage – more than 100 times what most other free webmail services offer that time.

The engineers who created Gmail were frustrated with the existing email solutions, and wanted to build a better tool for people who got a lot of mail, which meant rethinking everything from the ground up. They built an architecture that was a combination of HTML and JavaScript (this later became known as AJAX), which offered a smoother, faster interface. And they designed Gmail with the most demanding users in mind — Googlers who got hundreds of messages each day and power users with broadband connections, back when 56k modems were still the norm.

Within last 5 years, there has been many changes and new features added to Gmail and probably Gmail is now an essential part of our day to day life.

Best wishes to Gmail team for making such a great product.

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