Gmail is a free, advertising-supported webmail, POP3, and IMAP service provided by Google. Gmail was launched as an invitation-only beta release on April 1, 2004 and it became available to the general public on February 7, 2007. Today Gmail has changed its interface. Darted below are some of the key changes
A new look for Gmail
Gmail Team has pruned their pixels and made it easier to get to Contacts and Tasks.
Mail, Contacts, and Tasks links have moved to the top left of Gmail.
Compose mail is now a button rather than a link.
A smaller header area puts the first message in your inbox about 16 pixels higher on the screen.
The Select All, None, Read, Unread, and Starred links that used to be above your messages are now options in a drop-down menu, next to theArchive button.
Updates to Contacts
Gmail also done a major overhaul to Contacts, adding a bunch of features you requested and making Contacts easier to use.
Contacts work a lot more like Mail. Keyboard shortcuts now work in Contacts too, and selecting and grouping contacts more like selecting and labeling email.
Sort contacts by last name. Look under More actions for this option.
Use custom labels for phone numbers and other fields. For example, you can label a phone number as “Vacation home.” Please be aware, ActiveSync for iPhone and Blackberry Sync don’t yet support custom labels so custom labeled numbers/emails/etc. may not appear on your phone.
Undo. Now, when you make changes to your contacts, you can undo your recent changes.
Automatic saving. You no longer need to worry about “edit” mode or “view” mode — just edit away and Gmail will save your changes.
Structured name fields. You can now set name components (i.e. Title, First, Middle, Last and Suffix) explicitly or continue to use the name field as a free form area if you prefer a less structured approach.
Manual and bulk contact merge. You can now merge contacts from theMore actions menu. Just select the contacts you’d like to merge and selectMerge contacts from under the More actions menu. Or, to get a list of suggestions for contacts to merge, select Find and merge duplicates.
How to Skin Up Gmail Interface
Remember that you can add skins to Gmail. This is a video demonstration on how to give Gmail a totally different look! You must have Firefox 3 to do this, it won’t work on any other internet browser.