Google are offering us UK folk the option of now switching from to after finally winning a battle that has been going on since around 2005.

Here is the link to directly change (you need to be logged in!) [dead]

BBC News – Googlemail to become Gmail in UK
Google Mail is becoming Gmail in the UK – Official Gmail Blog

Here’s a little known fact:
Even though we have had addresses until now, “secretly” we’ve also had addresses, which were simply not shown. If you have the account and someone sent the mail to you would still get it.

Didn’t know that? Why don’t you try sending a mail to yourself with the alternate address? That includes you users! Prefer Then use it! Simply set up a send mail as in settings > accounts, follow the on-screen instructions and you can choose which email address you want to send from. It really is that easy.