Gmail Gives Up, Adds Delete Button
When it first launched in 2004, Google's Gmail was missing a key feature available in competing e-mail services and clients: a prominent delete button. Although Gmail offered deleting through a dropdown, Google felt users should never have to delete messages thanks to expanded storage. But the company has finally given in.
"Now there's an easy-to-find delete button for those messages you really don't want. For everything else, there's Archive," Google wrote on the About Gmail page Archive, which Google previously encouraged instead of delete, simply removes a message from the inbox and leaves it in "All Mail."