Gmail ran for more than 5 years with the beta tag. It was removed on the 7th of July 2009.
Google had launched their free email service on 1st April 2004 with 1 GB storage space. This was 20 times more than what was being offered by the competition at that time.
The Internet started off as ARPANET, the internal network of the Advanced Research Projects Agency. ARPA was established in the U.S. in response to launch of Sputnik 1 by the Soviet Union. [more...]