Googlemail is now open to all and sundry in the UK, but it’s probably fair to say that anyone who wanted a Gmail/Googlemail account already has one.

I felt particularly special when a colleague who managed to get an account at launch invited me to sign up three years ago. But since then, Google has allowed us ‘select’ early adopters to invite anything up to 100 friends too. Most people with an interest in technology are likely to have a Gmail email account-holding friend, and are therefore would have had the opportunity to sign up over the past three years. This led many people to suspect that the beta launch, and the 'invite-only' scheme, was nothing more than a marketing ploy.

Have any PC Advisor readers been impatiently waiting for the broad consumer roll-out in the UK?