Nonetheless, it's hard to criticize Google for the few outages they've experienced during the past year. With the sheer growing number of Gmail users, they've done pretty well so far to provide a consistent service. They've also responded to feedback about outages, one of the things that prompted them to make Gmail available offline through Google Gears. That's probably not as encouraging to their paying business customers, but unfortunately all services of this kind tend to have failures at one point or another.
Email is an important aspect of cloud computing, which in and of itself relies upon the fact that we trust our Internet connections and services to be fairly stable. In a world where online services are becoming a much larger part of the computing world, are you willing to deal with occasional outages like these? I certainly am, as the convenience that online services offer nearly around the clock vastly outweigh occasional mishaps like this.