For example firstname.lastname@example.org will now get the opportunity to become email@example.com. Existing users can keep their googlemail accounts but new UK sign-ups will only be offered the gmail address.
The googlemail address was introduced in the UK because of a legal dispute over the gmail name, and everyone who signed up after 2005 was automatically given a googlemail address. but I’ve always been a fan of the “@gmail” address – sounds a bit more serious doesn’t it? Emails sent to either will be correctly forwarded.
Google in their blog post announcing the change, sweetly suggest that this will save you time (fewer characters to type) when you’re emailling “Auntie Pamela and Uncle Maurice” – those people who live in the UK. THANKS FOR THE STEREOTYPE AMERICANS.
Otherwise: will you stick with googlemail?