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Last Updated : Apr 01, 2019 06:41 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Gmail turns 15 today: Here's a look back on its long journey

Trivia: Did you know Google's current CEO Sundar Pichai thought Gmail was an April Fools' Joke when it first launched in 2004.

Carlsen Martin
Image Credit: Time Magazine | April 1st, 2004 | Gmail is born. For the first time since its introduction in 1998, Google change trajectory, evolving into more than just a search engine. Gmail offers 1GB storage space, significantly higher than its competitors.
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Image Credit: Time Magazine | April 1st, 2004 | Gmail is born. For the first time since its introduction in 1998, Google change trajectory, evolving into more than just a search engine. Gmail offers 1GB storage space, significantly higher than its competitors.

2005 | Gmail celebrates one-year anniversary by doubling storage limit.
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2005 | Gmail celebrates one-year anniversary by doubling storage limit.

2006| Google brings new chat and calendar feature to Gmail | Google introduces new ‘Gmail for your domain’ for schools and enterprises | Google adds support for 40 languages with the addition of Arabic and Hebrew | Google also began offering a Java-based application of Gmail for mobile phones.
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2006| Google brings new chat and calendar feature to Gmail | Google introduces new ‘Gmail for your domain’ for schools and enterprises | Google adds support for 40 languages with the addition of Arabic and Hebrew | Google also began offering a Java-based application of Gmail for mobile phones.

2007 | Google begins process of rewriting parts of Gmail code, making services faster and adding new features | Google spreads the love on Valentine’s Day by opening sign-ups worldwide | Gmail becomes one of the first email providers to offer free IMAP for all devices.
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2007 | Google begins the process of rewriting parts of Gmail code, making services faster and adding new features | Google spreads the love on Valentine’s Day by opening sign-ups worldwide | Gmail becomes one of the first email providers to offer free IMAP for all devices.

2008 | Gmail gets first Android app | Gmail offers video chat feature directly from the inbox.
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2008 | Gmail gets first Android app | Gmail offers video chat feature directly from the inbox.

Image Credit: Computer World |2009 | Gmail is available offline | Gmail leaves beta.
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Image Credit: Computer World |2009 | Gmail is available offline | Gmail leaves beta.

2010 | Gmail introduces Two-step verification.
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2010 | Gmail introduces Two-step verification.

2011| Priority inbox makes prioritizing makes easy | Gmail gets new look | Google launches Gmail app for iOS.
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2011| Priority inbox makes prioritising makes easy | Gmail gets new look | Google launches Gmail app for iOS.

2012 | Gmail hits 425 million active users | Hangout supports ten-person video chat | Gmail increases storage limit to 10GB | Google introduces Drive for file sharing.
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2012 | Gmail hits 425 million active users | Hangout supports ten-person video chat | Gmail increases storage limit to 10GB | Google introduces Drive for file sharing.

2013 | Google adds handwriting input support to Gmail | Google Wallet integrates with Gmail | Google announces overall merger of storage across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ Photos, offering up to 15GB storage between the three services | Gmail introduces new tabs to inbox: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums | Google improves handling of images sent through email.
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2013 | Google adds handwriting input support to Gmail | Google Wallet integrates with Gmail | Google announces overall merger of storage across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ Photos, offering up to 15GB storage between the three services | Gmail introduces new tabs to inbox: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums | Google improves handling of images sent through email.

2014 | Google announces 100-percent encryption of emails moving internally through company systems | Gmail becomes the first app on Play Store to hit 1 billion installations.
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2014 | Google announces 100-percent encryption of emails moving internally through company systems | Gmail becomes the first app on Play Store to hit 1 billion installations.

2015 | Inbox by Gmail becomes publicly available | Gmail interface supports 72 languages.
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2015 | Inbox by Gmail becomes publicly available | Gmail interface supports 72 languages.

2016 | Gmail reaches one billion active users | Gmail app for iOS platform receives a complete design overhaul.
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2016 | Gmail reaches one billion active users | Gmail app for iOS platform receives complete design overhaul.

2017 | Google announces machine learning technology to identify emails with phishing and spam | Google announces the end to the use of contextual Gmail content for advertising, solely relying on data collection.
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2017 | Google announces machine learning technology to identify emails with phishing and spam | Google puts an end to contextual Gmail content for advertising, solely relying on data collection.

2018 | Gmail reaches 1.4 billion users | Google announce end of Inbox by Gmail | Gmail gets a design changes and several feature improvements.
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2018 | Gmail reaches 1.4 billion users | Google announce the end of Inbox by Gmail | Gmail gets design changes and several feature improvements.

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