Google Announces Gigabyte Plans On April Fools Day

by CXOtoday Staff    Apr 01, 2004

According to a press release posted on its website, Google Inc. announced the launch of its preview release of Gmail - a free, search-based, web mail service offering a gigantic 1 GB inbox.

The move is in line with Google’s utopian belief that users should be able to hold onto their mail forever. Gmail claims to offer 1,000 megabytes (1 gigabyte) of free storage - more than 100 times what most other free web mail services offer. The service will effectively provide a storage capacity of up to eight billion bits of information, the equivalent of 500,000 pages of email per user.

Built on Google search technology, Gmail apparently enables users to quickly search every email they’ve ever sent or received. Using keywords or advanced search features, users can find what they need, when they need it.

According to the company, the email service makes using email faster and more efficient by eliminating the need to file messages into folders, and by automatically organizing individual emails into meaningful “conversations” that show messages in the context of all the replies sent in response to them.

According to Larry Page, Google co-founder and president, products, the inspiration originated from a google user complaining about the poor quality of existing email services. “The lady cribbed as to how she ended up spending all her time filing messages or trying to find them, apart from deleting mails to stay under the mandatory four megabyte limit,” disclosed Page.

The preview test version of Gmail would initially be available to a small number of email aficionados.

For more information visit Google’s Gmail page.