Gmail Born

The popular Gmail email service was launched in April, 2004. A number of additional, tightly integrated services are included to facilitate human communications, as of 2012 these encompass:

  • Calendaring & scheduling
  • Document sharing
  • Instant messaging
  • Presence information
  • Voice connections

The free service is widely used, mainly by consumers. It competes primarily with Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.

Google has attempted to sell a for-fee version to ¬†business, but despite very modest pricing, this version has had limited adoption.–David Ferris

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