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Google to offer gigabyte of free e-mail

by Marianna Schmudlach / April 1, 2004 1:27 AM PST

Last modified: April 1, 2004, 8:05 AM PST
By Paul Festa
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

update Google, the company that made off with the search market, is setting its sights on free e-mail.

The company, based in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday launched a test with about 1,000 invited guests set to try out a new e-mail service called "Gmail."

Google, which made its name in search but has added numerous services, such as a news aggregation page and a newsgroup interface, says that Gmail is search-based e-mail.

Like Yahoo Mail and MSN Hotmail, Gmail will let users search through their e-mail. Unlike those competitors, though, Google will offer enough storage so that the average e-mail account holder will never have to delete messages.

Hotmail currently offers 2MB of free e-mail storage. Yahoo offers 4MB. Gmail will dwarf those offerings with a 1GB storage limit.

More: http://news.com.com/2100-1032_3-5182805.html

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