Google has officially announced they are launching a beta program for their upcoming free mail service that should rival similar programs that Microsoft (Hotmail) and Yahoo have offered for a long time, the biggest and baddest of the search engines however claims it will offer a whole gigabyte of free storage... if that remains true, you can bet it will be huge (see our new poll).

# Storage: Google believes people should be able to hold onto their mail forever. That's why Gmail comes with 1,000 megabytes (1 gigabyte) of free storage - more than 100 times what most other free webmail services offer.