Advantages 1000MB of storage space, easy to use, professional features allow users to tune the way it works
Disadvantages New kid on the block (still under testing), you may have a gmail account only by invite
INTRODUCTIONE-mail has become the most efficient way of sending and receiving documents and messages (although instant messaging is equally as good). When Google first announced its new service, Gmail, there was a lot of speculation over privacy issues.
Many felt their e-mails would be subject to being read by strangers, and their e-mails would be scanned for keywords for advertisement purposes. Let me explain how Gmail works, though...
Google has explained that it by no means reads your e-mails. The process of adding advertisements is done automatically, and so their is no human intervention. Also, no messages sent through the Gmail service will be added to Google searches. Google claims its focus on privacy is a very serious issue, and that they wouldn't wish to harm someone's privacy in any way.
Currently, this is very hard to do, unless you are willing to pay for one off auction sites like eBay, or you have a friend who invites you. You can do nothing else, as Gmail is still in BETA testing, thus it doesn't want to be used on a mass scale just yet. When it is fully launched, however, one can expect to get hold of an account pretty easily. I expect it to be free too, and there has been no mention of a fee to be charged for using Gmail.As I have an account, I have 50 invites available. I shall be offering anyone in MY circle of trust an account, free of charge.
ONCE LOGGED IN...
When you finally get your sweaty paws on a Gmail account, you can begin to explore the many areas of this sleek, professional yet easy to use service. Sending mail is simple, with just a click on the 'Compose Mail' hyperlink in the top left hand corner of the screen.Composing mail is a piece of cake, and the layout of this screen is very familiar to anyone who has used e-mail before (most if not all of you, I suspect).
What I love about composing an e-mail is the simplicity of the screen. In typical Google style, the background is plain white on most pages of the Gmail website. Composing mail sees a light blue background. All the hyperlinks are blue, and in bold green, one can see how much storage space is currently being used.I find the speed and flow of Gmail superb. It feels really quick when composing mail, when you click on hyperlinks such as Add CC (carbon copy). This will load a box for carbon copies automatically, with no need to wait for the page to refresh. The reply was instant, and it must be a great software development by Google. They have created their own email composition page, with some hyperlinks which will operate functions within the screen proceed automatically, without the need for refreshing of the web page.
Then its just a case of clicking send, as with any other mail client. I found a test message to my hotmail account arrived within 2 minutes or so which isn't bad at all.Personally, I have become used to the layout and feel of hotmail, but I think I will soon change preference. The simplicity and speed of Gmail are far more superior to hotmail.
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