Google raised the bar for free email services when they launched Gmail in 2004. It’s difficult if not impossible to find an alternative free email provider that stacks up against Google’s Gmail and all of it’s excellent features. When you signup for Gmail you are essentially setting up your own online portal in the cloud. Your Gmail account will provide you with some of the most reliable email service on the planet plus you get a powerful contacts manager, photo and file storage, an online feature rich calendar and access to Google Docs. You don’t even need Microsoft Word or Excel these days to create new documents and/or spreadsheets. All you need to use Google Docs is a web browser and an internet connection.
When Google began in 2004 the maximum storage limit for Gmail was one gigabyte per account. After the launch though Google frequently upgraded the maximum storage to 2GB, 5GB then 10GB and now the storage limit for Gmail is at a whopping 15GB! This is more than enough to host all the emails, photos, videos and documents for even the most active of users. If you do however manager to max your Gmail storage limit, Google offers 25GB of storage for just $5/month and additional storage beyond that can be purchased as needed.