Gmail Gets a High Five
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But the original launch was no joke. Gmail, perhaps the longest running app to still be labeled "BETA" shook up the e-mail landscape immediately on its debut and continues to push the envelope with innovative releases.
It's easy to forget that back in 2004 e-mail services like Yahoo Mail and Hotmail were free, but free storage was limited, you had to pay for storage in, for example, 20 to 100 megabyte increments. Google's idea to provide Gmail users with up to a gigabyte of free storage was audacious at the time and compelling enough to force competitors to match it or risk losing users.