Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Now UK users can use Gmail.com

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Don’t be surprised, now UK users can use Gmail. You might be wondering, what  they were using previously. Well, previously they were using @googlemail.com instead of @gmail.com gmail

The search giant has announced on its official Google Mail blog  that, Users of Google's web-based email service who are based in the UK can now use the suffix '@gmail.com' instead of the usual "googlemail.com"

The service ran into problems over the suffix when it launched in the UK in 2005, after the Independent International Investment Research filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming that it was already using the term 'gmail' for its own service.

The company asked for what Google termed an 'exuberant' amount when the search giant tried to settle the matter out of court, leading Google to opt instead for the suffix '@googlemail.com' for UK users.

Google has now reversed its stance, announcing on its official Gmail blog that UK users of the free email service will now be able to use the same suffix as Gmail users elsewhere in the world.

Google says, Since "gmail" is 50% fewer characters than "googlemail," we estimate this name change will save approximately 60 million keystrokes a day. At about 217 microjoules per keystroke, that's about the energy of 20 bonbons saved every day!

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