Hotmail Gets Storage Limit Bump, Other Upgrades

Microsoft announced today that Hotmail would undergo some major upgrades over the next several weeks that should make the service more attractive to webmail users. The most notable change is that the company is bumping the storage limit for Hotmail from 2GB (for free account users) to 5GB, and from 4GB to 10GB for paid users. This brings Hotmail's storage limit above that offered by Google—which remains at 2.8GB for free accounts and 8.8GB for the lowest tier of paid accounts.

That's not the only upgrade the webmail service is getting. Hotmail program manager Ellie Powers-Boyle wrote on the Windows Live Blog that the team has begun adding features that the "more advanced" users have been asking for. Some of the more general upgrades include performance and quality of service enhancements and an increase to the amount of time junk mail and deleted items are kept on the server.

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hopefully they will ALSO invent Livemail Drive...
then ill think of switching over to live/hotmail ..
things they can improve include: more skins, some greasemonkey scripts for us firefox users, labels like gmail, the chatting thing like gmail (cant be beaten yet), ability to forward all incoming mail to another adress. (i think you can get other emails to forward to hotmail but not the other way around). better, smarter junk filter, less ads, etc, superfast interface, and for the advanced version (full) of live mail they better have checkboxes. i never have any whenever i check my mail. just one on the top allowing me to select all mail.
one more thing. they better optimize it for dial up users. a lot of peeps still use dial up in other countries.

BilliShere said,
hopefully they will ALSO invent Livemail Drive...
then ill think of switching over to live/hotmail ..
things they can improve include: more skins, some greasemonkey scripts for us firefox users, labels like gmail, the chatting thing like gmail (cant be beaten yet), ability to forward all incoming mail to another adress. (i think you can get other emails to forward to hotmail but not the other way around). better, smarter junk filter, less ads, etc, superfast interface, and for the advanced version (full) of live mail they better have checkboxes. i never have any whenever i check my mail. just one on the top allowing me to select all mail.
one more thing. they better optimize it for dial up users. a lot of peeps still use dial up in other countries.

Um...there are checkboxes for every single email. Just put your mouse over the email and then you can check it. Alternatively you can just click on the message icon.

its good hotmail is expanding their storage space, but most of all they should remove the ads from their mails, its annoying to see someone you mail get that dinky ad at the bottom. Gmail doesnt have any btw. And oh yes, as mentioned earlier, the attachment size limitation for free users should go under drastic expansion. Being a ex-premium user, i feel handicapped with the free service, while gmail offers all this for free, i cannot make such a huge change of changing my primary id. I hope hotmail keeps all this under consideration since im sure that im not the only one going under such crisis. And please remove those HUGE ads on the inbox page. One is cool, not two!

sibot said,
...they should remove the ads from their mails, its annoying to see someone you mail get that dinky ad at the bottom. Gmail doesnt have any btw...

Not true. Gmail has targeted Text-Ad's that display to the right of a conversation...however, Gmails ad's are non-intrusive. Hotmail is by far the worst for Ad's.

Not true. Gmail has targeted Text-Ad's that display to the right of a conversation...

He's talking about the ads in the mails, not the ads in the webmail UI.

Jugalator said,

He's talking about the ads in the mails, not the ads in the webmail UI.

Both actually, in the webmail UI and in the sent mails.

Mailbox usage: 1% of 2 GB

I suspect that for most of us that these companies need to stop playing Storage Tag.

Steven said,
Mailbox usage: 1% of 2 GB

I suspect that for most of us that these companies need to stop playing Storage Tag.

well aid. I just realized that hotmail is not accessible from the default windows Mail client in Vista. Havent tested office outlook yet.

avidracer said,

well aid. I just realized that hotmail is not accessible from the default windows Mail client in Vista. Havent tested office outlook yet.

Hotmail is not accessible through office outlook unless you are a premium user which totally sucks. They have this new "Hotmail Connector" or something like that, which is totally useless and i couldnt get myself connected even once.

sibot said,
Hotmail is not accessible through office outlook unless you are a premium user which totally sucks. They have this new "Hotmail Connector" or something like that, which is totally useless and i couldnt get myself connected even once.
It works, make sure you download the correct version but. Only the relativly new ones actually support free accounts so look for one dating something like July or newer. If you get the wrong version then innevitably it will only work if you have a premium account.

well its still the same thing to me, still slower that gmail or yahoo mail beta... also with a BIG banner space above which disrupt everything compared to almost adless gmail or lateral ad space of yahoo mail beta.

The worst thing about hotmail its spam, its worst than AOL, the spam filter control dont work, even if your mark them as junk or spam the thing its just keep coming.

Extra space is useless.... who can possibly come close to filling that up??? the important thing is attachment size..... googles was 20mb i think, whats hotmail at?

I pay for the Hotmail Premium and I get a 20MB attachment limit. I wish it was slightly larger. Maybe with SkyNet and Hotmail integrated this will work out for me.

Imagine being able to upload a file while sending a message, and when the user retrieves the file it then allows the option (during sending of the msg) of deleting the file (to avoid filling up space) and only allow access to that file for the person who is recieving this specific email. That could make the issue of sending most files unnessasary, especially since SMTP is a bad protocol for sending files AND since many corp firewalls/email servers block files.

Just thinking outloud.

Peace,
James Rose
New York City

They should also bring back the outlook (or any other external email client) support for new users. Glad I have an account since 1992.

Pip'

I just want the ability to do a restore if something "bad" happens. I pay for my hotmail acct, so I dont expect that for free.

They are bound too, can't be not having the most, with their new pay setup some people have reported increases for normal accounts as well.

Ashl said,
They are bound too, can't be not having the most, with their new pay setup some people have reported increases for normal accounts as well.

Gmail bumped my storage limit w/o charging (or even asking for that matter).

Now if they would just bump the maximum size of individual emails/attachments. Gmail is currently only at 20MB and Hotmail is a very dismal 10MB. Increasing the storage limit without increasing the max email size is virtually useless... it's just another marketing goon ploy.

Sweet. Now I wonder if the SkyDrive service will be linked to this storage. There is no way I could use 10GB of storage with my email, but let me access the storage with SkyDrive and it'll be packed in no time.

Another good addition would be a better support for HTML mail. Don't get me wrong, it works fine, but in the astronomy newsletter that I write, Hotmail doesn't recognize the <p> tag. Instead of giving space between paragraphs, it just goes to the next line... in the previous version of Hotmail it worked fine.