Gmail, Google’s web-based email client went live back in 2004. Did you know Google’s current CEO Sundar Pichai thought Gmail was an April Fools’ Joke when it first launched in 2004.
This definitely wasn’t a joke though, and Gmail went on to become one of Google’s most successful products.
When it started, Gmail began as invite-only, to the point where invitations were actually bought and sold on eBay as if they were some sort of precious commodity. Invitations would remain the sole way of signing up for the service until 2007. While webmail services like Hotmail and Yahoo Mail existed back then, Gmail had a killer selling point: a gigabyte of free storage (that was a huge amount of space at the time).
Google now offers 15GB standard, with the option to purchase more.
To celebrate its fifteenth birthday, the Gmail team announced a couple of a new and useful Gmail features, including improvements to Smart Compose and the ability to schedule emails to be sent in the future.
From a report: Smart Compose, which tries to autocomplete your emails as you type them, will now be able to adapt to the way you write the greetings in your emails. If you prefer ‘Hey’ over ‘Hi,’ then Smart Compose will learn that. If you often fret over which subject to use for your emails, then there’s some relief here for you, too, because Smart Compose can now suggest a subject line based on the content of your email. With this update, Smart Compose is now also available on all Android devices.
Support for iOS is coming soon.
In addition to this, Smart Compose is also coming to four new languages: Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.
It has also added a new feature which allows you to choose when an email should be sent. This will help you say bye-bye to carrying over work to non-business hours. Just write your email as you normally would, then schedule it to arrive in your recipient’s inbox at a later date and time.
The Send button now includes a drop-down menu that lets you schedule an email to be sent at a later time. We believe that this is a feature that will likely get the most attention.