Gmail, one of the most widely used email services, turned 9 years old this month. A lot has changed in the past decade, Gmail and online communication as a whole has evolved a lot. Gmail’s 10th year is already underway, but it is interesting to look back and see how the service has evolved in all these years. Google has posted an infographic on the Gmail blog which depicts all of the changes.
It was back on the 1st of April, 2004 that Gmail was launched as an invite only beta webmail service. It offered users 1GB storage, the next year on its first birthday the storage was doubled to 2GB. Then in 2007 Gmail become one of the first email providers to offer free IMAP for all devices. This meant that Gmail users could access the service from literally anywhere. Open sign ups for the service were also opened up that very year. In April last year Gmail storage was increased to 10GB per user. It is interesting to see how the service has progressed over the years, do check out the infographic with all the details.