I have been using Gmail as an alternative to my work account for approximately 6 years now getting an early beta invite. Over the years I have seen it's quality and features improve significantly.
==What is Gmail?==
GMail is Google's webmail service, accessed by gmail.com. The big selling point of GMail when it initially launched was the use of Google's search knowledge in the e-mail setup. It also offered a large and constantly increasing mailbox size which currrently sits at over 7Gb of storage space.
The big advantage of webmail is that I can acces it from any internet enabled PC or mobile device. This is great for me as I can quite happily use it at work, home and if I am on the road or at a conference.
GMail works fine on any modern browser and I have happily used it on Windows, Macs and Linux machines. I also frequently use it on my Windows Mobile Phone (See HTC HD2 review). There is also the option to set it up to use POP3 in order to access it through your favourite mail client such as Outlook or Thunderbird.
Gmail offers all the features and functionality that you would expect in a modern day e-mail client such as Carbon copy, blind carbon copy, multiple recipients, attachments etc etc) GMail doesn't use folders for storage but Labels, this is handy as you can then tag mails with more than one label and search through labels as you go.
Spam filters are inbuilt and powerful, and many new features are added via Google labs all the time. Recent introductions include the integration of Google Docs for document editing and Google Calendar to organise your life. The most recent innovation is Google Buzz which is a twitter like social networking service.
I now use this as my primary e-mail solution and would recommend anyone else do the same. The services are fantastic, the innovations keep on coming and I've never been let down. Fully recommended.
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Gmail.com is one of many reasons why Google is so popular. Any feature you like in another email provider you will find there. Vast amounts of space and customization as well as a portal to many of Google's other free products.
First of all, Gmail will let you choose one of fifty six or so languages to use on your interface, so English doesn't need to be your first language or in the picture at all. It is very user friendly, you can even have email forwarded to your Google account from your other email account without having to do it manually. And as if its search option wasn't enough to let you find that long lost email, this provider gives you the ability to create labels for sorting your emails. You can give these labels custom names, and assign each one a color.
As far as the looks of it go Gmail.com has a nice, crisp look going. If that is too plain for you however, hop on to the settings and under "Themes" you will find a plethora of color choice. There are even some image choices to be made, and if none of those float your boat you can create a custom look that lets you choose your own color settings. Most of the screen is taken up by a simple list of emails you have received, to your left you can find the lists of folders and labels, as well as contacts. Under that is a nicely incorporated chat function.
One of the big, extras Gmail.com provides next to just email is the chat option. You do not need to download or install any programs onto your computer. The chat is pretty lightweight, it will not slow down your browser or email viewing experience. Some of the new options included in the chat are voice and video. The case use to be that you had to download a different GoogleTalk messenger onto the computer to be able to do voice, now however, with newer versions of Gmail you are able to do these functions straight from your email.
Another great thing about Gmail, and Google in general is you make one account (your email) and with that same account info you can use their online web albums, documents, maps and many other "Labs". If you look towards the top of the page in Gmail you will see links for things such as Calendar, Photos, Documents, Sites, Blog, etc. For instance if you wanted to create your own website you can just, from your email. click on "Sites" and get started, same goes for web albums and blogs. Check out the "More" link to see all that Google has got to offer.
After struggling to access my online email account for a few days I decided it was time to try another email provider. As I'd recently read a review here on Gmail I thought I would give them a try, especially as I have Google set up as my homepage.
I found the Gmail site easily by typing "Gmail" into Google, it was the top result so I clicked on it and was given the option of signing in or creating an account. As I wanted a new account a clicked create an account, I had to give my first name, surname and choose a desired login name.
My first choice had already been taken so it suggested a few other examples to try but I already had something in mind which was available so I used that. I also had to pick a password and answer a security question; I could also give a secondary email address to authenticate my account if I ever forgot my password (this can be left blank). I had to provide my location (country only) and enter word verification from a Captcha image - this was also available as an audio clip if required. The last thing to do was to agree to Google terms of service and my account had been created.
What impressed me was the next stage which asked me if I would like to import my contacts and emails from another email address, as I couldn't access my other email this was a welcome suggestion from them. I had to enter my email address and password; it then started importing it for me. It also said it would forward any new emails for the next 30 days. It warned that this could take up to 48 hours, but everything seemed to be there almost immediately including the folders I had moved them to.
Gmail has a label system which is their equivalent of folders. It comes with some preset ones, but you can add your own very simply too by going to settings and labels, or clicking manage labels directly from the inbox. To move things to a label you can click the box at the side of the conversation on the inbox, and click "move to" selecting the required label or you can do it when you have the conversation open, again by clicking "move to". The first option is easier if you have multiple messages to move.
You can also create filters for your mail, by going into settings. Filters can be set up in various ways, by using the sender, who the mail has been sent to, the subject title, if the message contains certain words, if it doesn't contain a certain word or messages with an attachment. For example I do online shopping with Sainsbury's so I have a filter set up for all mail from email@example.com gets marked with the label "Sainsbury's shopping". You can set the filters so your message gets archived straight away (doesn't go in the inbox), gets immediately marked as read, is starred, is forwarded to an alternative address or gets deleted straight away. When setting up filters you can do a test search to check that it will work.
My favourite feature of Gmail is the way messages appear in your inbox, they come through in "Conversation" format. When you are sending an email back and forth between someone as long as the subject of the email doesn't get changes it will stay in a chain of messages. This means that instead of potentially hundreds of messages on the one subject in your inbox you just have the one conversation. You can also have it set to see "snippets" this means you see from the inbox a preview of the message content and who the last person to reply to a message was. This is brilliant for me as I can be rather bad at replying to my email, I can easily see whether I have replied or not. I love the conversation feature as it stops my inbox getting too cluttered as well.
In settings you can change the Theme of your Gmail, there are different colour schemes available such as Bold Blue or Bubblegum, but there are also different designs you can choose from like Turf or Planets. I really liked the Candy theme, so I picked that when I created my account. I have tried a couple of the other themes but have always defaulted back to Candy. If you prefer, you can pick your own colours.
Another feature of Gmail is the priority inbox, this is designed for people who get a lot of email and puts priority messages to the top of your inbox. This is not a feature I have used, so am unable to comment on it.
Using my Gmail account details I set up iGoogle, which has a direct link to Gmail on it, I can also access my Picasa page and my Google Documents using this.
I have now been using Gmail since June and so far I am really impressed with it, there has not been an occasion where I could not access my email or it has crashed on me. I get 7504MB of storage which is more than sufficient for my needs.
Why did I sign up to use Gmail?
Well being a teenager, I didn't care much about my emails and I got A LOT of spam and junk emails, my hotmail inbox constantly had something like '1030 unread emails' which I really couldn't be bothered to sort through!
I found signing into Gmail a lot easier than signing into Hotmail, as you simply go through the Google website and its very easily done!
When it came to UNI applications though, my emails turned important! So I decided as I use Google a lot, I should try out their email application!!
And I am really happy I did this as it means I can keep track of the important things easier!
Signing up; ....
It's very easy to sign up to Gmail, clicking the link 'Gmail' link on the top left of the Google website brings you to the Gmail page, and there is a very large 'create an account' button! You can't miss it!
Here you choose a login name and add your details, your email name with end with @gmail.com.
There aren't many details you need to add, it's all straight forward and very easy!
Using Gmail is very straightforward and easy, you new emails will be in bold so it's easy to see your new messages. The amount of new messages appears next to inbox.
It's very easy to delete messages and what I LOVE about Gmail is that you can 'mark as spam' and Gmail brings up the option to mark as spam and unsubscribe. Meaning they'll attempt to take your email address from the junk mailing list.
There isn't a 'junk inbox' so no emails get lost, they can all be seen as soon as you sign in. This also means you have to be careful where you enter your email address! Although I've found so far that the 'mark as spam' option works great for me!
You can label important emails! For example, we've booked a holiday to Egypt using my email address, so every important email I receive such as flight details and confirmations... I label them as 'Egypt holiday' and a tag appears just before the email header in green so it's easy to see. The label wording you wrote is saved so you don't need to keep writing it out, and the label appears on the left so you can simply select it and see all the emails saved under that category! It's great.
Something hotmail doesn't have! (I don't think) if you've had conversations with someone, their contact is automatically saved on the left side and there is a chat option for you to chat to them if they're online! However I've never tried this.
It is useful however as I have recently been needing to email my ICT teacher and don't always remember her email address, so it's useful having it saved at the side for me!
Compose new mail; ....
I found it a little hard to find this link when I first starting using Gmail, however it's on the top of the list on the left hand side!
When composing new mail, when typing in the receipt if you forget the address but have already sent them an email before... a drop down list comes up. For example if you type in 'S' a list of people beginning with 'S' will appear for you to simply select.
You can attach a file easily although it takes a little while to upload if you're sending a large file/document.
There's the option to spell check your email which is useful when sending formal messages.
If you write an email you can save it in your drafts for later.
When you have sent an email, it will be in your 'Sent mail' and you have the option of forwarding it.
If you have a lot of emails in your inbox and you want to find a certain email, you can search for it through the search bar at the top! It works just like Google, you type in what email you're wanting to search for and select either 'Search mail' or 'search the web'
Overall, I'm glad I signed up to Gmail, I find it so much better than using my usual hotmail and I find I can manage my emails a lot easier!
gmail is Google's popular alternative to hotmail, yahoo, or other email account providers. It is accessed through the main google.com page, and is certainly worth considering if you are looking to set up a new, free email address.
Sign up is generally quick and simple. Normal details are required - but in some countries this is now combined with mobile phone verification. I signed up before this came into force, so I can't comment on what exactly is involved.
Once in, the layout is quite strikingly different to the likes of hotmail or yahoo. Sure, every email provider is distinct, but this just seems more responsive and efficient. New emails appear live in your inbox without the need to refresh. Moving items between folders, or setting up new folders is not hard at all. The customisation options are diverse and thorough too - certainly too extensive to be listed here.
Another welcome feature is the IP tracker at the bottom. This allows you to see the last 5 logins, meaning enhanced security against hackers (i.e. if you notice a distinctly different IP address to your own, you can have advanced warning of an insecure account.
A chat feature down the side is enabled too, although I've never actually used mine.
The spam filter appears to be very impressive on gmail. Unlike hotmail I rarely (if ever) get something unfamiliar or unwelcome in my inbox.
Navigation, too, is a little simpler than Hotmail or Yahoo. While travelling I find that some older browsers or computers struggle with Hotmail and Yahoo - but with gmail the option always exists to use a simpler version.
Overall I believe that gmail is currently the strongest email provider out there. I trust it as my professional email account, while hotmail I use merely for personal actions. This should say it all. Google is generally quite a reliable company, and I find their email service no different.
Google mail is the free emailing service which is part of Google and is web based.
I already had an email address and account with Yahoo when I started exploring the possibility of having one with Google too. There are some features and benefits of the Google solution which brought me to this.
To begin with, Google organize the emails in a format similar to chats. The first time you see this, you may find it a bit strange, and even non user friendly, but very soon I realized it is a nicer way to keep track of your ongoing emails with friends.
What really attracted me to Google is the possibility of labelling and assigning to more than one folder one specific contact. Say for example your uncle is a fan of football and also likes gardening. You can assign this contact to "family members", "football fans" and "gardening lovers". Particularly if you deal with many different people, it can be a good way to be able to find those contacts which matter to you when you need them.
The storage space is also impressive. I have so far used just a fraction and I have been using Google for 2 years with more than 2000 emails and many of them carry attachments.
I also like the chat on Google, but I only use it with one friend of mine, and the lack of a solid chat community is actually the only reason why I still use my Yahoo account as well.
If you have not tried Google mail before, I advice you to do it.
Before Gmail, I used to hate the whole idea of webmail. Back in the 90s it always felt a bit of a botch up, unreliable and slow idea. I preferred to have everything download to my computer through POP3 and I could keep it all organised in Outlook. Then I switched over to IMAP4 and got accustomed to the the concept of keeping the emails on the server with no local copies and the flexibility this gave when checking the email from different computers / devices, then finally I moved to Googlemail and learnt to love it.
When I joined each user account was given roughly 2gb of storage (an insane amount at the time) and this has steadily risen to around 7.5gb, plenty for all but the most demanding of users.
The interface is clean, easy to use and all the AJAX stuff is implemented very well resulting in a very pleasant user experience. I've found that I don't need to organise emails into folders because the search function is so fast and efficient (well, it is Google!) and the large amount of storage means that you should never need to think about deleting anything.
As well as being very easy to check on nearly any computer or device (there are non-AJAX, plain HTML versions for older computers / browsers, as well as mobile versions), my Google account syncs with my Android phone so I'm always kept up to date.
The spam filters are extremely efficient... I've never encounter it miss a spam message and only rarely gives false-positives
You can even set up Gmail to use with your own domain.
Mine started off as an email address to use when signing up to website so that all the newsletters and spam would be channels into there rather than my main account, but I'm now over to using Gmail all the time.
So you don't have Gmail already, I highly recommend you grab an account even if its only to use as a spare.
Hotmail? Pfff never again. Thank god for Gmail!
Almost everybody I know started with a Hotmail account and so did I. I never really had any trouble with it and was a satisfied customer until I was introduced to the wonderful world of Google e-mail: Gmail. I never looked back since the first day I started using Gmail.
Gmail is part of the Google world where you find of course Google search, but also Maps, YouTube, Picasa, file sharing and Google wave. These days it's one big happy family and Google seems to introduce almost every day a new product.
Why did I go from Hotmail to Gmail? Mainly due the storage capacity. A few years ago when Gmail was just new and you where only able to get an account by invite, you would get a storage capacity of 1 gigabyte what was huge compared to the Hotmail capacity. I would never have to delete an email anymore! Now today it's even bigger and growing every day. Right this moment I got a capacity of 7,5 gigabyte and the best thing is that it's for free! I can't believe though that I used 27%, which means more than 2 gigabyte.
2 gigabytes of email and that's only 27% of what's available. You would think my email box is unorganised and chaotic. Well a little bit I suppose, but the good thing with Google is that you have your labels. You can create your own labels and put them on an email. So when a e-mail arrives in your in box you can put a label on them (even automatically) and archive the email and find it back in your specific folder. It works like hotmail with its folder system, only at Gmail you can put several labels on one email. This way you keep your email every organised and every email is very easy to find.
In your Gmail account there are several options build in such as Google Talk, a chat program with other Gmail users. But also a Calander for all your important appointments, Google Docs where you can keep all your documents from word to a spreadsheet and even edit them. These are just a few examples and you can add a lot more by going to options and then Labs where you can enable or disable them. You can also find a lot of different themes to change the look of your Gmail account.
Overall Gmail is very easy and handy to use. You have a very clean overview of your account and everything works really fast. I love the use of the labels which you can easily organise your emails with and love the little functions you can add. Of course the best thing about Gmail is the storage space and I use my email now as a back-up for my pictures and important documents. You got a storage space of more than 7 gigabytes, so more than enough space! I do have one criticism on Gmail and that's the privacy issues. You have these little ads at the right and Google scans your emails to place relevant ads next your email inbox. Which is quiet clever, but I don't like the idea that Google knows what's in my emails. I suppose that's why they can offer this free service and you do have a choice not to use it, but it's a negative.
I always used to use hotmail / windows live mail as my main email account however, it eventually became full of junk email or I had endless subscriptions to too many websites. That is when I chose to go to Google Mail and I will never go back.
Google Mail has a far superior features which means you can get a whole lot more out of your email experience.
*Firstly, the huge amount of space you have. At the moment I have nearly 8GB of space to store my emails, and Google says this is ever increasing. I find this ever so hard to fill up and even with over 200 emails I barely achieve 1% of the space available.
*Filters, these come in really handy when you have a lot of email coming in and out of your account. You can set Google Mail to automatically forward certain emails with certain keywords. Set it to sort emails into folders using filters such as; keywords, who sent it, the subject and even what the email doesn't include.
*There is a handy search filter, much like the Google search engine itself, where you can easily type in a word and it will find the relevant emails. This is very handy when you have pages and pages of them.
*Junk Mail, I am glad to say that after using Google Mail for over a year now I have not received one junk email in my account.
And finally as well as Google Mail you can easily sync this with Google Calendar and link emails to events which comes in handy as you can access these on-line services from any computer or phone with internet.
Thank You for reading, and I hope you choose Google Mail too.
After using Yahoo Mail since the age of thirteen, I decided to see what else was out there. Microsoft's Hotmail never drew me in, so I looked elsewhere. When I joined a writer's forum, they advised us to use Google Mail for its storage capacity. I joined for that reason, but ended up using it as my primary email account.
The best thing about Google mail is the storage capacity. It is HUGE, and growing all the time, so there's no need to buy more. I have only deleted emails that are Spam, been using Google Mail for almost two years and still have 99% available storage space. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can store files in your Google Mail account. I have uploaded many novels to Google Mail, and feel secure that I always have a copy there. This means that you can save your disc space on hard drives and computers/laptops for confidential information. Anything else can go online. The email will also serve of proof as when you backed up the copy, which is great for artists who want to protect their work but cannot afford to pay for copyright.
You can create groups and assign colours to each one. When you move an email to that group, the colour is added to the email's heading. This is great for organising your inbox because you can see exactly where everything is going. The colours include the usual colours, i.e. red to blue, and different shades, i.e. very dark to very light.
-Links to websites
I don't do this, but you can link your Google Mail account to other services that Google own, for example, Youtube. This means that you can log into those services using a Username OR Google Mail address. This would be useful if you forget either one because you've got an alternative.
Google Mail displays replies under the original email, so each part flows down like a proper conversation. I couldn't stand when the original email blended with the responses on my accounts with other email providers. Here each reply is clearly separated so there's no confusion.
I don't know if this is just me, but my yahoo account stopped working with my Firefox browser. I input my email and password over and over again, but cannot log in. This means that I have to use Internet Explorer instead. I don't have this problem with Google Mail. It works with just fine.
-Remember to log out
The only thing I don't like about Google Mail is that I forget to log out. I always use the Google search engine, but I don't like the thought of Google learning about me from my emails AND search engine habits. That's why I don't link my Google account to other services they provide. I guess I'm just paranoid...
I highly recommend Google Mail. I was sceptical when Google joined the email bandwagon, but they've done a great job. You've got nothing to lose by trying it out- it's free- and if you don't like it, just delete your account.
I've been using Google mail, or Gmail for almost a year now. I used to use hotmail, but got so fed up of all the junk mail that came through. No matter how many times you marked an email as spam, you could guarantee that next day there would be a virtually identical email sitting in your inbox trying to selling you something useless. I choose Gmail as I had heard good things and thought that I'd see what all the fuss was about. Firstly, the spam filters are brilliant, if and I do mean if, a spam email does get through and finds its way into your inbox, you can simple click on it and press report as spam and it really does stop them coming through.
The user interface is clean and crisp, yet simple and this really works. It makes it very convenient and, I don't know about you, but that's what I want from an email account. There are plenty of shortcuts meaning that you can get to the services you require quickly and easily. There is a very efficient search facility integrated into Gmail that allows you to search the internet or your emails for a specific word. I've used the search facility several times and find it leaps and bounds better than the search facility that hotmail has.
There is 7431mb of space that I can use as of 10/03/10, and despite using Gmail virtually everyday for almost a year, I am using a grand total of 3% of my capacity. BRILLIANT! And the space available is expanding all the time.
Gmail shows emails as a conversion history, rather than as individual emails. At the start, I must admit I found it awkward, but I have grown used to it and I now actually find it awkward to use the individual email system. The only criticism I would say is that it can be annoying if you send an email to someone, they reply to it, you read the reply but leave the message open and then they send another reply to you. (if you follow all of that?) As Gmail shows it in the same conversation history and its not that easy to spot that there is a second email in the conversation.
A brilliant bit about Gmail is the experimental labs that Google have developed for it. If you haven't discovered this yet, click on settings, in the top right hand corner and then click on labs and it will bring you too it. Basically Google as asked users to suggest little improvements to the service that they provide and this list shows you all the little ideas they have come up with that aren't quite ready for mainstream role out. My favourite one of these is the Google calendar, which I have synced to my iPhone, meaning that I can put an appointment into the Google calendar and it will show up on my phone.
Gmail also lets you Instant Message your contacts and also has access to Google's social network site Buzz.
I have been using G Mail, or Google Mail as it is now more commonly known since May 2005. At that time, in order to set up an account an invite from a current user was required. Each user had 50 people to invite.
Today it's popularity has improved immensely, something that is set to continue with an increased usage of Google Chrome (free web browser).
Gmail has a host of innovative features, unlimited storage being the most evident. It has the capability to save all emails sent and received. I find this the most useful feature. I'm able to look up an address I sent flowers to 5 years ago, or find a long lost phone number!
By typing in a key word into the search option, all mails containing that word are displayed. Increasing the amount of information narrows the search.
If you need to search the web, this can also be carried out from your email box.
There is also a calendar (rarely used) and documents facility. I took greatest advantage of the latter whilst at college. I was able to access my documents from any computer. Meaning I could work at the library/friends (these were the days when laptops/pc's were not common place in every household!).
Advertising on Gmail is not invasive. Ad's are displayed on the right hand side of the screen. Each ad has some relevance to the email you are reading/replying to. Eg if I am reading that my friend has had pasta for dinner - pasta recipes, products will be displayed. Gmail scans all emails to seek out these threads. Some disagree with this, Big Bro is watching etc, however Google advise that no human looks at your mail.
Google has recently introduced Buzz, you can now follow posts from those you email on a regular basis. I have not used this facility as I am an avid Facebook user.
In summary. Googlemail is far superior to any other service I have used. If you don't have an account I recommend giving it a go!
Gmail - Unleash the power of freedom!
Oh Gmail, I love my Gmail. What more could I ask for, than the wonders of free email. Well I have Gmail and I would never again look at the range of other lesser free services for email. Gmail is google's Flagship free email account, open to anyone to sign up at the click of a button.
I was lucky enough to receive an invite during the early days of google mail and consider myself to be one of the early adopters of their service.
One of the major benefits of GMAIL is the unlimited storage that they offer, which increases with the size of your mail box. I now have a massive 10.5GB's of potential storage, far more than I am likely to ever need in the next 5 or so years! I've also linked up googledrive - a small application that allows you to save files to your GMAIL Drafts folder, as though it were a second hard drive. This is a real plus, as it makes backing up key files so easy, meaning I have multiple backups of all my work.
When you log into gmail you are presented straight away with your inbox, and a number of other folders referring to tagged emails. Unlike many providers however email is segemented on a tag basis, by which you assign an email a specific label and it then disappears from your inbox. You then simply select the label from the list on the left hand side of the screen, which will display all of the tagged emails. This makes downloading emails to the likes of outlook slightly more complicated in that the tagged emails all appear within the outlook inbox, providing slightly more clutter than the standard way of placing emails in a separate folder that you create. However google has always tried to innovate.
In addition to simply email, you have full access to google calendar and google docs, Googles online attempt to provide a word processor, spread sheet, database and presentation range of software. I have found these tools to be indespenable! If you receive an attachement on a mail, you can simply choose to edit it directly, or view and google docs will save it to your document store and open it for editing at the click of a button! You thus never need to worry about storage, esspeically useful if using an internet café when on holiday.
I can even sync my smart phone with google docs, so if it ever gets lost I still have all my contacts, email and files safely stored away.
For those on the move wanting more than just email, GMAIL is for you.
Google Mail is the only mail service that I have used since it first came out.
The amount of space that you receive is massive, for example, I have 1355 emails at the moment, and it says I am only using 1% of my email inbox space.
When Google Mail came out, the only way you could get an email account with them was by invitation, strange - but people were even paying for these invitations. This eventually changed, and now everyone has access to email from them.
The interface is easy and simple to use, and the login time is much quicker than any I have used. I have tried using other email providers, but I just can't seem to walk away from Google Mail.
One of the only disadvantages that I can say, is the annoying @googlemail.com email addresses that are given these days. When I first joined Google Mail, you received an @gmail.com account. What most people don't know, is that even with the new accounts, you can use both the firstname.lastname@example.org and also email@example.com, you will still receive the emails either way!
Google Mail is easily the best email service I've ever used! There are so many great features that make like just a little bit easier and more organised.
Gmail has a huge capacity (over 7000 MB) and reportedly grows all the time. With so much space, there's plenty of room for email packrats to keep all their emails. The archive feature keeps inbox clutter-free by storing selected emails out of sight until they're needed. Simply by using the search box at the top of the screen, Gmail will search through all your emails and give you a list of possibilities to choose from. You can also create colour-coded labels for your messages for easy sorting. These labels act as a filing system and can be accessed from the column on the lefthand side of the screen.
Gmail also has a diary feature. When enabled, it shows up as a calendar that displays the events of that week. The calendar can be customised so that appointments are shown in one colour, birthdays and anniversaries in another, and national holidays in a third. Never forget your friend or loved one's birthday again by enabling reminders. Gmail will then send you an email and/or a popup before each event.
Gmail is also visually appealing. Choose the standard view or select a theme. There are multiple backgrounds to choose from including mountain scenes, graffiti, the beach or by creating your own colour combination for a customised look. Themes can be accessed by clicking "settings" in the top right corner and then choosing "themes."
Gmail also has an online chat feature that allows you to chat with friends and family, similar to AOL Instant Messenger or other chat software. When friends are online, an icon will light up green to notify you. If a contact is online but unavailable, the icon will be red or orange. If you have a webcam and headset available, you can also download an add-on that allows you to see and talk to your contacts as well. The only drawback about Gmail chat, of course, is that it only works with contacts who also have Gmail (just as other chat software would).
These features are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Google Mail's capabilities. This email is definitely worth the switch!