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Tomi
04-01-2005, 03:39 AM
Just logged into GMail and noticed the red "New Features" link reappeared.

http://www.google.com/gmail/help/whatsnew.html

Just launched!

We're not in the plains anymore
Fonts, bullets and highlighting, oh my! Gmail now offers rich text formatting. And over 60 colors of the rainbow. Discover a land of more than just black and white. Learn more (http://gmail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=8260)

Rich text formatting. I've been waiting for this. :)
Finally!

---UPDATE---


Google plans to double Gmail capacity
Published: March 31, 2005, 8:10 PM PST
By Evan Hansen
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
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Google plans to offer a bottomless cup of storage with its Gmail Web-based e-mail service, dramatically raising the bar for rivals in the sharply competitive business for the second time in a year.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based Web giant on Friday plans to double the free storage on Gmail from 1GB to 2GB, said Georges Harik, Gmail product management director. After that, Google will add a yet-to-be-determined amount of extra storage daily, with no plans to stop.

The move highlights the seemingly inexhaustible storage needs of a small group of heavy e-mail users, and the sharply falling costs of online storage. Lifting pre-defined storage caps for Web-based e-mail could have broader ripple effects, Harik said, changing the way people think about quotas from something that is set in advance to something that grows with the user.

"We wanted to make sure we have a plan in place for when people reach their storage limit," he explained. "We don't want people to worry that they might run out."

Google first broke the e-mail mold on April 1, 2004, with an announcement so bizarre that many assumed it was an April Fool's Day joke. Gmail's 1GB of free storage at the time was widely thought to exceed the lifetime needs of most e-mail users without the need to delete a single file. By contrast, rivals such as Yahoo and Microsoft offered about 10MB of storage, seeking to charge customers who wanted more.

A slew of imitators scrambled to match and even exceed Google's free 1GB storage offer, transforming the Web-based e-mail business.

In addition to its gargantuan storage capacity, Gmail distinguished itself from rivals by scanning the text of e-mail messages to serve up contextual advertisements--a plan that raised a short-lived furor over potential privacy violations.

In the first year of service, Gmail defied expectations, Harik said. The privacy concerns have amounted to little or nothing, he said, but the storage capacity became a pressing concern when some heavy Gmail users came close to using up their pre-set limit.

"One gigabyte did seem like a lot, but it turns out there are a lot of heavy users of mail," he said. "They send attachments, share photos. It all adds up." He said Google discourages customers from using Gmail as a vast storage locker for music and video files. He said Google does not disclose the storage patterns of its users, but said a small but not insignificant number of users were close to exceeding the 1GB limit.

Gmail will remain in a beta, or public test phase, for now, Harik added, putting to rest rumors that the closely watched service might be released officially in the near future. He said plans for new features could hold back an official release, but gave no timeline.
source (http://news.com.com/Google+plans+to+double+Gmail+capacity/2100-1032_3-5649571.html?tag=nefd.top)

Sweeeet!

*looks at bottom of my GMail inbox*

You are currently using 47 MB (5%) of your 1053 MB.

1GB = 1024MB. Before the announcement, GMail was limited to 1024MB, now...it's going up to 2048 slowly. ^_^

edit //
Now i'm at 1059MB. ^_^
edit 2 //
1060MB. It's going up by the minute! (w00t)
edit 3 //
You are currently using 47 MB (4%) of your 1131 MB.
Shit.

Link
04-01-2005, 08:12 AM
Me likey Gmail. I'm so glad it wasn't an april fools joke.

Tomi
04-01-2005, 08:14 AM
Originally posted by -[Link]-@Apr 1 2005, 02:30 AM
Me likey Gmail. I'm so glad it wasn't an april fools joke.
Google April Fools joke is Google Gulp (http://www.google.com/googlegulp/index.html). The GMail 2GB thing is real. ;)

Link
04-01-2005, 08:17 AM
I know. But when Gmail was first introduced, everyone thought that it was a joke, since it debuted on April 1st 2004. Or am I wrong?

Tomi
04-01-2005, 08:24 AM
Originally posted by -[Link]-@Apr 1 2005, 02:35 AM
I know. But when Gmail was first introduced, everyone thought that it was a joke, since it debuted on April 1st 2004. Or am I wrong?
Yep. Today is officially GMail's 1 year anniversary. :)

Link
04-01-2005, 08:27 AM
Awesome. Stick a fork in Yahoo's ass.

Sidenote: Your sig just scared the shit out of me.

Tomi
04-01-2005, 08:55 AM
Originally posted by -[Link]-@Apr 1 2005, 02:45 AM
Awesome. Stick a fork in Yahoo's ass.

Sidenote: Your sig just scared the shit out of me.
Figured I'd scare atleast one person. ^_^

Minus
04-01-2005, 10:10 AM
I like the picture they have describing their "infinity +1" plan.

It's on the Gmail Sign-in page.

Neil
04-01-2005, 06:05 PM
2 gigs?

Gmail juts pwnt Yahoo and Hotmail combined.

Tomi
04-02-2005, 01:39 AM
You are currently using 47 MB (3%) of your 1745 MB

What's next? 3GB?

RX8LP
04-02-2005, 06:48 AM
i dont understand why people are so excited over a 2Gb inbox. Imean i dont know anyone that has even filled up atleast 5% of their original 1gb inbox. And some people are like OMG gmail is gonna upgrade to 2gb...when most probably they havent even used 5% of the 1gb.

I think people just like seeing 2GB instead 1Gb in their account. ;)

I cant even fill up 10% of the hotmail 250mb lol ;)

LinkinJunior
04-02-2005, 07:08 AM
Originally posted by RX8LP@Apr 2 2005, 12:06 AM
i dont understand why people are so excited over a 2Gb inbox. Imean i dont know anyone that has even filled up atleast 5% of their original 1gb inbox. And some people are like OMG gmail is gonna upgrade to 2gb...when most probably they havent even used 5% of the 1gb.

I think people just like seeing 2GB instead 1Gb in their account. ;)

I cant even fill up 10% of the hotmail 250mb lol ;)
Some people have actually discovered a way to use gmail as a actual harddrive. So, I could see why some people would be excited.

BiLLy_BloggZ
04-02-2005, 07:53 AM
im not a big fan of gmail. i prefer to keep my privacy

RX8LP
04-02-2005, 08:12 AM
Originally posted by LinkinJunior+Apr 2 2005, 07:26 AM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (LinkinJunior @ Apr 2 2005, 07:26 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin--RX8LP@Apr 2 2005, 12:06 AM
i dont understand why people are so excited over a 2Gb inbox. Imean i dont know anyone that has even filled up atleast 5% of their original 1gb inbox. And some people are like OMG gmail is gonna upgrade to 2gb...when most probably they havent even used 5% of the 1gb.

I think people just like seeing 2GB instead 1Gb in their account. ;)

I cant even fill up 10% of the hotmail 250mb lol ;)
Some people have actually discovered a way to use gmail as a actual harddrive. So, I could see why some people would be excited. [/b][/quote]
yeh thats true....but, thats only if u have a superfast internet, ppl that have 56k and even low end broadband users 128k-256k (like me ;) ) its really a waste of time.

so yeh i guess it is usefull for people with like T1 connections.


And if you have 50 invites then u can keep inviting yourself and woah u just have yourself a 50Gb~100Gb online(&#33;) Hard disk lol ;)

LinkinJunior
04-02-2005, 09:02 AM
Originally posted by RX8LP+Apr 2 2005, 01:30 AM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (RX8LP @ Apr 2 2005, 01:30 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
Originally posted by -LinkinJunior@Apr 2 2005, 07:26 AM
<!--QuoteBegin--RX8LP@Apr 2 2005, 12:06 AM
i dont understand why people are so excited over a 2Gb inbox. Imean i dont know anyone that has even filled up atleast 5% of their original 1gb inbox. And some people are like OMG gmail is gonna upgrade to 2gb...when most probably they havent even used 5% of the 1gb.

I think people just like seeing 2GB instead 1Gb in their account. ;)

I cant even fill up 10% of the hotmail 250mb lol ;)
Some people have actually discovered a way to use gmail as a actual harddrive. So, I could see why some people would be excited.
yeh thats true....but, thats only if u have a superfast internet, ppl that have 56k and even low end broadband users 128k-256k (like me ;) ) its really a waste of time.

so yeh i guess it is usefull for people with like T1 connections.


And if you have 50 invites then u can keep inviting yourself and woah u just have yourself a 50Gb~100Gb online(&#33;) Hard disk lol ;)[/b][/quote]
yup ;) ;) ;) ;)

[Th3 Wkng De@d]
04-03-2005, 03:13 AM
Always adding features, eh google?