Gmail is the free webmail, POP3, and IMAP email service provided by Google, which is integrated into its suite of web apps. Gmail is available to anyone who signs up for a Google account.
Gmail is highly considered to be one of the best Web-based email accounts to have. Unlike its competitors, Gmail has a minimalistic, ad free homepage that is great to look at. As soon as you sign in, you can immediately see your inbox, the left bar shows your email folders and contacts. The service can also be linked to Google Chat. If you are signed in, your online contacts will also appear here, and you can chat to them without leaving the confines of Gmail.
Key features include:
- Mass storage: 7 GB of free storage space available.
- Less spam: Gmail blocks spam before it gets to your inbox.
- Built-in chat: supported chat directly in Gmail or talk face to face with voice and video chat.
- Mobile access: Gmail mobile is available across many platforms.
Gmail is fast and reliable and uses excellent spam filters to keep your inbox clean. The settings are easy to use and are highly customizable. You can adjust keyboard shortcuts, allow/ deny automatic images, set signatures and out-of-office auto reply. If you don’t like the original flavor, you can also customize a theme that suits you better too.
Overall, Gmail provides a great webmail service. It has support across the board for Google’s apps and services and has a clean and fresh interface that is distraction free and easy to use. It supports offline access and Yahoo!, Hotmail and other mail services can be imported and integrated into your Gmail inbox to give you a well supported service.