The closely held search-engine company has been clear all along about its goal of organizing the world's information. But followers of the Mountain
View upstart have been seeing that lofty mission statement in a new light since the company unveiled plans this month for a free e-mail service with
enough storage space to save nearly 500,000 pages of messages.
The Gmail service, combined with Google's enormous cluster of computers that use Linux, a free operating system, to process hundreds of millions of
search queries each day, has some technologists panting over what the ambitious company may do next.