The keynote address on Day 2 of Google I/O was another interesting, information-filled presentation, ending with a behind-the-scenes look at the Project Glass demo from Day 1. During the keynote, Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Chrome and Apps, announced that Gmail currently has around 425 million users.
Gmail, Google’s cloud-based email client, was first launched back in 2004 and we’ve seen Google applications grow and expand further, to include the most-recently launched Google Drive. As explained by Sundar, “hundreds of millions of people have gone Google.”
He goes on to add that, apart from individuals, there is also an increasing trend of many businesses “going Google.” So far, governmental agencies in 45 states in the US, 66 out of the top 100 universities in the US, and over 5 million businesses have use Gmail and other Google applications. Included in the 5 million businesses are big industry names such as Roche, KLM, Virgin America, and State Bank of India, amongst others.
Considering the fact that Gmail had “only” 350 million active users back in January, we are looking at a growth of a little less than 15 million users per month, and this number is expected to keep growing at a steady rate.
On a side note, anyone noticed that it looks like Google will be changing the logo of Gmail as well (see screenshot above)?
What are your thoughts? Are you a part of the 425 million? Do you primarily use Gmail as a personal account or for work as well (or both)? Let us know in the comments section below.
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But with office365 gaining popularity wont it cannibalize gmail’s growth now? Yes it’s focused only at enterprises right now… But with windows8 about to release and it’s office365 offering for customers, I don’t think gmail users are going to increase at that pace. Do share your insights……