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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Gmail: 5 Years Later, Should Microsoft Be Worried?

5 years ago today Google played its best April Fools joke ever. It announced a new web based email service that would let you search your mail with the same search power you use to search the web. I'm sure at the time yahoo, hotmail and other web based email services saw it as a joke. "Google doing email? but they are just a search engine right?"

Today we know Gmail is not a joke. Its by far the best web based email platform. People like me will even argue that its the best email client period. Now you can even host your domain with google apps and use Gmail across your entire organization for free along with docs, calendar and other google products.

Google is changing everything and you either get it or you don't.

So why do people still pay for Outlook?

Because they don't get it. Do you?

EDIT: Google posted about this a day later, here's the link.