An article in the Guardian suggests another way to use GMail - as a word processor! As the article says:
"Apart from 2.6GB of storage (far more than Yahoo and Hotmail), it offers plain text or a rich text mode. The latter has seven fonts and four type sizes (including huge) plus colour, bold, italic, indenting, justification and quite a good spell checker.
It also has a link button of the kind you get on blogs, which inserts a hypertext link to a website behind a word you have highlighted without the need to type in any code. The only thing it seriously lacks is a word counter."
For anyone who doesn't want to buy Word or learn how to use OpenOffice, Gmail could be the answer.