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Google’s Gmail Celebrates 20th Anniversary


FILE- This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the Gmail app on an iPad. Google is toeing the line between helping you save time and creeping you out as it turns to machines to suggest email replies on your behalf. The customized auto-responses come in the latest version of Gmail on the web and expand on a feature already available on Android devices and iPhones. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)¬†On Monday it marked the 20th anniversary of Google’s email platform Gmail. Gmail was announced to the public on April 1st, 2004, promising an unprecedented 1 gigabyte of free storage – nearly 500 times the amount offered by other free email services. It was so revolutionary that many people assumed it was an April Fools’ joke. At the time, invites to open a Gmail account were a hot commodity – selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay. Today, Gmail boasts more than 1.8 billion active accounts and offers 15 gigs of free storage.

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