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Windows 7: Google Mail Rebranded as Gmail in the UK

05 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Google Mail Rebranded as Gmail in the UK

Gmail's blog informs that the UK version of Gmail will no longer be called Google Mail and users will have the option change their email addresses from to

"If you already have a Google email account in the UK, you'll soon have the option to switch your existing address to the matching one, but you're also free to stick with And starting later this week, anybody who signs up for a new account in the UK will get an address."

Gmail has changed its name in the UK 5 years ago. "We have been involved in a dispute regarding the Gmail trademark in the UK. Another company has claimed rights to the Gmail name. We have tried to resolve this dispute through negotiations, but our efforts have failed," explains a page from 2005.

Financial Times reported last year that "Google paid 226,324 for the intellectual property rights for Gmail to a small UK-based financial research firm, Independent International Investment Research. In October 2005, Google was forced to rename its free webmail service Google Mail in the UK after IIIR claimed first dibs on G-mail for its subscription email newsletter to traders and private investors."

The change was only cosmetic: even if Gmail users in the UK got addresses, they received all the messages sent to the corresponding address.

After a similar dispute, Gmail has been rebranded as Google Mail in Germany. "The German version of Gmail was first named Gmail Deutschland. Unfortunately for Google, the German company Giersch Ventures had already trademarked G-mail in 2001. The company later filed a lawsuit against Google for trademark infringement. On 4 July 2005 Google announced that Gmail Deutschland would be rebranded Google Mail. From that point forward, visitors originating from a German IP address were forwarded to where they could obtain an email address containing the new domain."

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07 May 2010   #2
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

I don't need to switch mine has always been gmail since I got the account years ago.
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07 May 2010   #3
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joan Archer View Post
I don't need to switch mine has always been gmail since I got the account years ago.
Same here. I got to beta test in back in 2004 before it came out. Then I made a new one after I grew up and realized my email address was childish. Now I have 3; One for personal stuff, the other for official/college stuff. The third is provided by and branded by my school as and runs on Google Apps.

Wouldn't it make more sense for them to make it I'm sure there are going to be conflicts since there will be, for example, more than one And with Gmail, it doesn't matter where or how many "."s you put in the address. They all go to the same person. So would still go to
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