Gmail Doubles Maximum Attachment Size to 20 MB

First Google pulled their stunt with a constant increasing maximum space for Gmail accounts. Then Yahoo countered with unlimited space. Right away, I said the web e-mail war would turn to attachment size. Now, it has, and boy am I happy for competition.

Just like last time, Google is taking the initial step. Google has doubled their maximum attachment size per message from 10MB to 20MB. However, it won't be long before Yahoo and Microsoft will grudgingly respond and break the 10MB standard. It should be noted that until then, few mail providers will accept such a big message, unless the receiver is paying for it.

Link: Forum Discussion (Thanks Jugalator)
News source: Google Operating System

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magik said,
Completely useless unless you're sending to people that you know can accept attachments larger than 10MB. Majority don't.

Hence, that is why gmail is baiting or luring in those you so called "majority". Someone tell me when it's the right time to say "duh"

It's good if you're the one on the receiving end though. And hopefully other providers will be encouraged to start lifting their restrictions a bit too, like they did when Google started offering their massive inbox. It would be a great development -- then I'm talking of more useful things than just increasing inbox sizes.

Jugalator said,
And hopefully other providers will be encouraged to start lifting their restrictions a bit too, like they did when Google started offering their massive inbox.

Or, they could just watch as the members would leave for an account in gmail.

this is cool now i can use that "gmailfs111" program to store larger files instead of the 9,000,000 like i am currently doing.

That's what i like about google. With this little changes they practically push the other guys to also improve their services.

Now if only the other providers allowed 20MB attachemtns... ISP's would boost their upload speeds... and I had a gmail account... and I needed 20MB's for attachments.
Personally, I like sending 10 part self-extracting zips and rars to people. :cool:

Frankly, it's just much todo about nothing important. Like all the world hasn't been dealing with smaller attachments for over a decade.

Anybody who sends an attachment of a size that should strictly have been put onto filepile or whatever has it deleted on the server before any dial-up accounts I manage that have to attempt downloading it (and timing out) get near it. If that annoys people, they can sod off, or alternatively, pay the phone bill. My limit maxes at 3MB. Don't like it? Don't send megabytes of crud through a system that wasn't designed for it.

Actually, it's not about the file types, but about the file extensions. ;-) So that can be sorted, if you're talking of executables inside .zip's.

Yeah, increased the size, but can't send anything as an attachment. Unless it's zipped. Gmail sucks!!

I prefer Yahoo anyday.

heh too bad i don't use my gmail account enough to utilize this. though i don't have to worry about limits using my own domain for an e-mail.

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