It is 10 years since Gmail changed what email could be. It is good to recall just how much Gmail altered what we expected from an email client. Here’s a good reminder.
In the end, Gmail ended up running on three hundred old Pentium III computers nobody else at Google wanted. That was sufficient for the limited beta rollout the company planned, which involved giving accounts to a thousand outsiders, allowing them to invite a couple of friends apiece, and growing slowly from there.
I recall how excited I was when I got an invite to join Gmail.