You know about email, but are you ready for G-mail?
Online search provider Google is introducing a free email service as it raises the stakes in its battle against Yahoo! and Microsoft.
The company is promising to provide up to 500 times more storage space for users than the market-leading email services provided by Yahoo! and Microsoft Hotmail.
Hoping to make money from the service, dubbed "G-mail," Google has told its computers to mine the topics in the emails and then deliver text-based ads related to those subjects.
For instance, an email from one friend to another discussing an upcoming concert might prompt Google to include an advertising link from a ticketing agency.
For now, Mountain View, California-based Google is only opening up the service to invited users but expects to make it accessible to everyone within a few weeks. People interested in signing up for an account are being encouraged to register at www.g-mail.com.