In 2004 Google unveiled GMail and forever changed the email industry. Google touted 1GB (now 2GB) of free email storage with a novel, yet elegantly simple interface. What they offer, no other free email provider can profitably match. And yet the pressure to match the same level of service is compounding costs for the ISP industry. How can Google offer such services without charge? Are they just burning excess cash from their high value market capitalization or do they have a master plan?
This GMails blog is an open forum to discuss the GMail offering, related tools & services, contextual ad serving, privacy, and the impacts towards collaboration and communications. Additionally we'll discuss how Google will leverage GMail into their repertoire of products and services; considering the strategic impact to competitors in multiple industries.