Google plans to double the free storage on Gmail from 1GB to 2GB. After that, Google will add a yet-to-be-determined amount of extra storage daily, with no plans to stop. The move highlights the seemingly inexhaustible storage needs of a small group of heavy e-mail users, and the sharply falling costs of online storage. Gmail will remain in a beta, or public test phase, for now putting to rest rumors that the closely watched service might be released officially in the near future. Plans for new features could hold back an official release but gave no timeline.

Google plans to double the free storage on Gmail from 1GB to 2GB. After that, Google will add a yet-to-be-determined amount of extra storage daily, with no plans to stop. The move highlights the seemingly inexhaustible storage needs of a small group of heavy e-mail users, and the sharply falling costs of online storage. Gmail will remain in a beta, or public test phase, for now putting to rest rumors that the closely watched service might be released officially in the near future. Plans for new features could hold back an official release but gave no timeline.