Users of Google's web-based email service who are based in the UK can now use the suffix '@gmail.com' instead of the usual "googlemail.com", the search giant has announced on its official Google Mail account.
The service ran into problems over the suffix when it launched in the UK in 2005, after the Independent International Investment Research filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming that it was already using the term 'gmail' for its own service.
The company asked for what Google termed an 'exuberant' amount when the search giant tried to settle the matter out of court, leading Google to opt instead for the suffix '@googlemail.com' for UK users.
Google has now reversed its stance, announcing on its official Gmail blog that UK users of the free email service will now be able to use the same suffix as Gmail users elsewhere in the world.
Greg Bullock, a software engineer for Gmail, wrote on the blog: “We'll be making this transition over the next week, and will update this post as the changes roll out. So to Aunty Pamela, Uncle Maurice, and everyone else in the UK, welcome to Gmail!”
Google also reported that by using the 'gmail.com' suffix, users in the UK would save almost 60 million keystrokes in a day.