Gmail started as a limited beta release on April 1, 2004, and ended its testing phase on July 7, 2009.At launch, Gmail had an initial storage capacity offer of 1 gigabyte per user, a significantly higher amount than competitors offered at the time.As of February 2016, Gmail has one billion active users worldwide, and was the first app on the Google Play Store to hit one billion installations on Android devices.
Gmail's user interface designer, Kevin Fox, intended users to feel as if they were always on one page and just changing things on that page, rather than having to navigate to other places.
Gmail's interface also makes use of 'labels' (tags) – that replace the conventional folders and provide a more flexible method of organizing email; filters for automatically organizing, deleting or forwarding incoming emails to other addresses; and importance markers for automatically marking messages as 'important'.
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In order to send larger files, users can insert files from Google Drive into the message.
Gmail has a search-oriented interface and a "conversation view" similar to an Internet forum.
Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service developed by Google.
Users can access Gmail on the web and through mobile apps for Android and i OS, as well as through third-party programs that synchronize email content through POP or IMAP protocols.
In May 2013, Google updated the Gmail inbox with tabs which allow the application to categorize the user's emails.