GMail vs IBM Verse

Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service provided by Google. Users may access Gmail as secure webmail, as well via POP3 or IMAP protocols. Gmail's spam filtering features a community-driven system: when any user marks an email as spam, this provides information to help the system identify similar future messages for all Gmail users. Google also provides GMail alternative for business - G Suite Mail.
IBM Verse
Imagine email that works for you instead of email that makes you work. Guided by analytics, IBM Verse learns your behaviors to adapt to the way you work, wherever you work. And because it's built for business, it understands you have special security and privacy needs, too.
GMail has better video than IBM Verse

2018 - Google launches a lightweight Gmail Go app for Android - a new advantage over IBM Verse

Gmail Go is the new app in the Android Go line. It takes up less storage space on users’ smartphones and makes better use of mobile data compared with the regular version of Gmail. The app also offers standard Gmail features like multiple account support, conversation view, attachments, and push notifications for new messages. It also prioritizes messages from friends and family first, while categorizing promotional and social emails in separate tabs, as Gmail does. So we may assume that GMail becomes more lightweight than IBM Verse

2017 - Gmail starts converting addresses and contact info into links. Your move, IBM Verse !

Gmail is starting to automatically detect and convert addresses, phone numbers and contacts into links. The feature, which begins rolling out today for Gmail and Inbox on Android, iOS and the web, should be familiar to most users because almost every other major email client has it already. Address links will open Google Maps, clicking on an email address launches a new compose window in your email client and phone numbers dial a new call in Hangouts or your default phone app. The feature will be visible to all users within three days. So Gmail gets more time-saving than IBM Verse

2014 - New GMail for Android supports third-party email providers. IBM Verse is in panic

Google rolled out Gmail 5.0 app for Android with a new, modern design and support for all types of non-Gmail email accounts. In the past Gmail's app was limited to Gmail or Google Apps accounts only. You can now set up a separate inbox for, say, your Yahoo Mail or addresses using POP/IMAP. Gmail 5.0 for Android also has a redesigned user interface that sports a more modern look in line with Google's new Material Design language that guided many of the changes in the upcoming Android Lollipop update. The update also adds a few navigational improvements that make the app easier to use, including a new reply button at the bottom of messages and design tweaks that make it easier to switch between different accounts and inbox categories on tablet versions of the app.

2009 - IBM unveils GMail alternative. Google is happy.

LotusLive iNotes
When early this year IBM released their new SaaS platform, LotusLive, they promised to add Email to its suite. Today this promise is realized: the brand new SaaS email service LotusLive iNotes is available for business-users. IBM pushes it as a new alternative to Google Apps. Why Google Apps, but not GMail? Because, except the email tools, iNotes contains calendar and contact manager. IBM reps say that Google can't understand the difference between consumer web-services and business apps, and IBM has a vast experience in creating and supporting complex enterprise systems. So, it's just a question of time, when iNotes will drive away Google Apps users, moreover it costs only $36/user/year against Google's $50.

So, IBM pr guys did a good job. But what is the real face of LotusLive iNotes? It's quite easy webmail with address book and calendar. Its functionality and usability meanwhile has no chance against GMail and Google Calendar. And we doubt as to its capability to solve the spam problem in today's crowded internet. It provides 1Gb per user account against 25Gb in free Google Apps.

LotusLive iNotes
Andrew Kovacs (Google spokesperson) also noted, that unlike iNotes, GMail has more advanced features for mobile devices and integrated to Outlook, Active Directory and Blackberry Enterprise Server... "In general", - he says, - "we are happy that IBM unveiled such a service, as it serves as further validation that the future of computing is in the cloud."

The only potential iNotes advantage over GMail is its reliability (especially taking into account the recent GMail outages). And even not because IBM can create more reliable cloud-computing infrastructure, than Google. But because it's much easier to support thousands of paid users, than millions of free accounts (like Google does).