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Gmail

Gmail is Google’s version of web based email. Gmail is notable for its relatively large storage capacity, at this time it is 2800 MB. It is also a pioneer in the use of AJAX technology. For example you can do many things like assign categories to an email that do not require the page to post back to the server. This feature makes Gmail seem to be faster and more responsive than a traditional web based email client.

Gmail also features Google Talk, Google’s text messaging client. It is also unique in that messages are not stored in folders, rather the messages can be organized by tags. These tags can be queried later to help find the message.

Searching in Gmail is very easy because of Google’s prowess in the search business.

Gmail can be accessed either through the web interface or through a standard POP3 client like Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird.

Gmail is currently in beta and has been that way for many years, much like Google’s other products like Google Groups.

Gmail is ad supported. This means that if you use Gmail you will see text ads.

As of this time Gmail is only open to users who sign up with a mobile phone or to people who receive an invitation from a current Gmail user.

Gmail is accessible and usable from a mobile device.

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