Google launched their Gmail email service on 1st April 2004. Offering 1GB storage space, Gmail took the world by storm. However, the service wasn’t open to everyone at the start and one needed to have a special invite to create an email account. Only about three years later, was the need for an invite lifted from Gmail.
The first program to incorporate WYSIWYG technology was Bravo. This document preparation program was developed for the Alto computer designed at the Palo Alto Research Center of Xerox. Though Bravo was never released commercially, its direct descendant was included in the Xerox Star. WYSIWYG, Ethernet, GUI, bitmap graphics and several computer technologies that we used today have been developed at the Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). [more...]