Elon Musk confirms about the launch of Xmail after the rumours of Gmail shutting down

Elon Musk confirms about the launch of Xmail as it sparked speculation that it could compete with Google’s Gmail service. No more information is given by Musk yet but it is expected to be integrated into the X application.

Elon Musk confirms about the launch of Xmail.
Elon Musk has confirmed the forthcoming launch of Xmail.


Elon Musk, CEO of X (previously Twitter), confirmed the launch of Xmail, sparking discussion about its potential to compete with Google’s Gmail service. Musk’s revelation came shortly after rumours of Gmail’s impending shutdown spread like wildfire over the internet.

When asked if he plans to provide an email service, Musk stated that it will happen soon. Nate McGrady, a member of X’s engineering and security team, enquired about the launch of ‘XMail’, to which Musk answered, “Coming.”

After releasing his own version of ChatGPT, entrepreneur Elon Musk has confirmed the upcoming release of ‘Xmail’, sparking debate about its potential to compete with Google’s Gmail service.

Musk has not revealed any information regarding the service, so it is unclear when it will be available. However, it is expected to be integrated into the X app.

Gmail is the world’s most popular email service, with over 1.8 billion active users worldwide as of 2024, according to Demand Sage.

In response to the report, social media expert Rhea Freeman stated that X’s version of Gmail “might happen” and that if it does, “it’ll be interesting to see the uptake”.

Google Reacts to the Gmail shutdown rumours

A popular post on X claiming Gmail would be taken down has raised concerns among netizens. The message included a screenshot of a Google email with the subject ‘Google is sunsetting Gmail’, which quickly spread across the internet.

“After years of connecting millions around the world, facilitating seamless communication, and creating innumerable connections, Gmail’s journey is coming to an end. “Gmail will officially be sunsetted on August 1, 2024, bringing the service to an end,” the notification reads.

“As of this day, Gmail will no longer support sending, receiving, or storing emails. The decision to discontinue Gmail was taken after careful study of the changing digital world and our commitment to offering high-quality, creative products that fit our users’ demands,” it said.

Google, on the other hand, said on X on Friday that Gmail is not going away and “is here to stay”. Google recently updated the default Gmail interface, which was previously ‘basic HTML’, to a new, more colourful one. This update occurred in January 2024.

“This is what has been going round about Google sunsetting Gmail. If you are keen you will realize this is nothing but a hoax. If you are not familiar with the term Sunsetting, it’s a term related to email. Email sunsetting is basically a term or a tactic that is used by companies”, added by Chipo Mwitu.

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