Following months of legal wrangling with Independent International Investment Research PLC over the GMail name, Google has lost the battle, and been forced to change the name of its email service to Google Mail in the UK. Both Google and IIIR Group have released press releases.
Google’s press release indicates that only UK users are affected, and sadly, we may lose our @gmail.com addresses. However, using GoogleMail in the UK and GMail everywhere else is only bound to add to the confusion. Interesting debate going on at Slashdot. It seems like Google may only restrict the Gmail domain in the UK, though it does all depend how things work out in the courts.
With any luck, we’ll all be able to keep our GMail addresses. I really don’t want to go through all the hassle of updating all of my online accounts yet again with a new email address, without any benefit this time.