When is GMail 2.0 due?
The GMail team hasn’t been doing anything spectacular after their initial launch. Isn’t it time that they did something new and different? With Yahoo! Mail and Windows Live Mail etc. getting ready to launch their new slick AJAX-driven new versions, and lots of invited users saying good things about these services… GMail needs to buck up. I wonder how many people actually moved out of Yahoo! and Hotmail and truly adopted GMail entirely. I’d guess that most people have their feet in both, not decided which email account to convert to their primary one. GMail, with it’s new interface and email style did not actually manage to convert users totally. GMail, being invite-only reduced supply, and gave the impression that people were dying to stop using Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail and adopt GMail. I don’t think that was the case.
When the (email) battle has been fought and won, my prediction is that it will be Yahoo! and not Google that’ll win the game. Yahoo! is still (as always) more end-use centric. Google is still thinking about big users with their Google Analytics etc. services.