Gmail is a free email service provided by Google. This web-based service can be accessed through POP3 and IMAP4 protocols. It stores emails on the internet enabling its users to access emails from any internet accessed computer and from anywhere in the world. At first, the use of Gmail was restricted only among the employees of Google. It was made available for the public on 07 February, 2007. Gmail which was initially just a project of Paul Buchhet is now an application that is part of a large set of applications company USA. It is now available in at least 40 languages. Gmail got more than 425 million active users all over the world by June 2012 and turned out to be the most widely used web-based email provider. During 2014, Gmail was being used by around 60% of mid-sized US companies. In May 2014, Gmail hit 1 billion installations on Android devices and secured place as the 1st app on the Google Play Store. Gmail’s revolutionary use of Ajax became very popular by web developers.
Gmail – Free Google Account for Email Users
During an interview with Google, the idea of Gmail hit Rajen Sheth. Paul Buchheit developed Rajen’s idea for several years. The project known by the code name Caribou was available for the use of Google employees only. Gmail was made public though limited by Google on April 1, 2004. It was made fully public on 07 February, 2007.
Gmail had 1 GB storage space when it was firstly launched. During its first anniversary in 2005, the storage limit was increased to 2 GB. On 24 April, 2012, Google declared the free storage in Gmail increased from 7.5 GB to 10 GB as part of the commencement of Google Drive. Google announced 15 GB of free storage among Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ Photos in 2013. Users can buy supplementary storage as monthly subscription plan. Since 2015, users are enjoying 15 GB free and remunerated plans are accessible for up to 30 TB for private use.
How to create a Gmail account
To create an account in Gmail you need a computer with internet access. Firstly, go to http://www.google.co.uk and click on Gmail. You’ll find the ‘Sign in’ option. Click on “Create an account”. To open a new account, you must provide some information about you like your first and last names. User name of every account needs to be unique. To confirm that Google will check the user name to make sure that it is unique. Type your user name into the ‘choose your username’ box. Then, fill up the page with the information they ask for. Then click on next step.
If your email name matches any other username, you will be offered some alternatives. You have to choose one of the alternatives.
You have to provide a password to log in securely into your account later. You may use letters and numbers to make the password secure. You have to re-enter your password. Then, you will be asked to enter a CAPTCHA code.
If you are successfully done with this page, click on Next Step to go to the Create Profile Page. Now, you can set your profile whatever way you like.
Benefits of Gmail:
It has plenty of storage capacity which is more and more increasing. Gmail account does not get cancelled even if one remain inactive for a long time. The search engine is incorporated into the Gmail border to help users search through emails. The design provides useful control of spam. It has chat service. Google Wallet is now included with Gmail to send money free of cost quickly and securely. On 09 February, 2010, Google commenced, Google Buzz together with Gmail so that users can share their feelings. From January 2014, Gmail is providing new facility to its users by allowing them send emails to people who have Google+ accounts.
Disadvantages of Gmail:
Though Gmail offers you easy access, you may face problems once you lose Internet connection. Gmail shows targeted advertisements. Gmail search is limited. Using alternative products like Microsoft Sky Drive or Outlook Calendar other than products offered by Google can be more difficult for users.