Hotmail's maximum storage size increases to 500 GB

As part of its Wave 3 update announced back in 2008, Windows Live Hotmail was to have "ever increasing storage", and now as reported by LiveSide, the current maximum mailbox size for Hotmail is 500 GB, and this includes e-mail accounts as part of Windows Live Admin Center, Office Live, and MSN Premium.

The new maximum size is shown in the two screenshots below courtesy of PicturePan2 from LiveSino:

Screenshot from MSN Explorer where you check your inbox folder sizes. It shows the max size being 512000 MB (Note: 512000 MB translates to 500 GB).

Screenshot from Office Outlook Connector, where it shows you the size of your Hotmail mailbox. It too shows the max size being 500 GB.

Supposedly, Hotmail's storage size will be "ever-increasing as required at the end of each month. The user is supposed to receive an automatic alert when their mailbox is rapidly reaching the limit before the end of month, asking them to "slow down".

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Millions and millions of users...

I like it because it works well enough for me, and I've never had an issue. It's also more convenient because I use a lot of Windows Live services too.

bob_c_b said,
LOL, who still uses Hotmail.

Agreed, I can't take anyone serious who gives me a hotmail address. It has always had a stigma of people who didn't know any better. But I guess a lot of people got stuck with it, and since they disabled pop access, and friends already have your email address, what are you going to do???

rippleman said,
You guys recall the days when hotmail was a whopping 2 megs of storage limit? I do.

Aye. And back then, the only reason I came close to filling *that* up was because I tended to keep all my Sent messages (still do, incidently; I suppose old habits die hard...at least storage space hasn't been a problem in a long time).

gazebee_ said,
Still waiting for IMAP...



It's gotta be the speed (GMail, which supports IMAP, is much faster than using POP3; the only difference is the name of the incoming mail server and the protocol itself, the port settings are identical). Both are also supported in Outlook. (I'm using the IMAP support this time for my GMail account in 2010 x64; I used POP3 in 2007.)

Why don't those providers just go the Yahoo! way; "Unlimited Storage"... Simple and easy without the marketing bull****!

I don't think that the 100mb file size limit for skydrive in much of a problem : When you upload simple files like pictures they will never be > 100mb and for large files, rapidare have had a file size limit to 100mb for years and winrar was here to split <> merge all our games/movies/largemusicfolders/otherillegalstuffs so the same is possible with skydrive !

quentez said,
I don't think that the 100mb file size limit for skydrive in much of a problem : When you upload simple files like pictures they will never be > 100mb and for large files, rapidare have had a file size limit to 100mb for years and winrar was here to split <> merge all our games/movies/largemusicfolders/otherillegalstuffs so the same is possible with skydrive !

But the limit's not 100 MB. It's 50. If it were 100 that would be great.

One of the main reasons I use Gmail is the attachment size limit. Hotmail's is much lower, and it can be a ****-off when you're trying to send pictures or music. Maybe they'll increase that, too?

Quigley Guy said,
Gmails attachment constrictions are annoying too. Cant attach executables in my email, even when they are zipped.

Just rename the file, or password protect it

nonick said,
Just rename the file, or password protect it

or stop sending viruses :P
if i see a .exe in a email i see it as a virus in my eyes

How much lower is Hotmail's? I've never had much of an issue with attachments.

Anyway, any media I want to share goes on my SkyDrive and I just link it in an e-mail.

Quigley Guy said,
Gmails attachment constrictions are annoying too. Cant attach executables in my email, even when they are zipped.

Agree, this is annoying, but I understand why they do it. If it was hotmail, I am sure that it would automatically download it for you, and then run it as admin. Checked out yahoo, hate the design, and those ads are so annoying. Does hotmail have the same sort of adds. Haven't used it since before Microsoft bought it, and tried to get it running on the NT but failed. Still needed 1000s of extra boxes.

500GB won't win me over from Gmail - I only use 20% of it anyway. But I guess it's good for those 11 people out there who never delete email but trust in a 3rd party.

You are currently using 513 MB (6%) of your 7350 MB.

Thats from my Gmail account, which I have NEVER deleted any email out of. The only email that is deleted are the spam messages that get auto-deleted after 30 days. I have email going back to early (march) 2005 and still haven't used even 1/10th of what gmail offers. 500GB of email storage sounds nice but like you said, people will probably never need that much.

mwpeck said,
500GB of email storage sounds nice but like you said, people will probably never need that much.

The irony here is delicious; that's exactly what people said when Gmail came out with 1 GB of storage.

Hotmail has never really given me reason to complain. It has always had enough space, it has always been accessible everywhere, works great with WLM, and the banner ads are quite easy to remove if you know a bit of CSS.

Well tbh you might. I've switched to gmail around 1 year ago, and i'm using 1.5gb of the space allready. The line of work you do kind of determines that. I think 500gb might attract a few people but unless they change the maximum file size you can attach AND recieve it'll be useless.

Relativity_17 said,
It has always had enough space

You must either be very young or have a short memory span ;)

Uncountable are the times that I sent somebody a message to their hotmail account and it bounced back because their inbox was full, that was reason number one I started pushing my friends towards GMail (ofcourse now I don't bother anymore).

CrimsonRedMk said,
500GB won't win me over from Gmail - I only use 20% of it anyway. But I guess it's good for those 11 people out there who never delete email but trust in a 3rd party.

but will it blend? :P
btw i bet this is NOT free version, its paid heck MSN premium* and we all know that google wil top it with 1TB storage hehe

Relativity_17 said,
The irony here is delicious; that's exactly what people said when Gmail came out with 1 GB of storage.

Hmm, you're not Alanis Morissette, are you?

Crazy! I was just reading old reviews and even re-downloaded the MSN Explorer software yesterday.
Stuff like this always happening makes me think I have special abilities. xD Great news for Hotmail + Live users.

I actually love Gmail but use Hotmail because of integration with my Nokia e63 (free push) and Windows Live Messenger (which I love) fully integration.

I never used it before. In fact I forgot all about as I'm sure most people have.

I'm also surpised it's still called that after all this time. I would have thought it would have been changed to Windows Live Explorer by now.

lee26 said,
I never used it before. In fact I forgot all about as I'm sure most people have.

I'm also surpised it's still called that after all this time. I would have thought it would have been changed to Windows Live Explorer by now.

I started it up on my old Windows XP box for the lolz.

Zoom7000 said,
I was gonna say the same thing. When it came out though, it was cool! lol!

I was going to say the same thing only add, did people EVER use it? It was NEVER cool though. One of the first things to be removed from any system of mine.

Shouldn't be hard to fill up all that space with the amount of spam that has always came with their e-mail!!

cork1958 said,
Shouldn't be hard to fill up all that space with the amount of spam that has always came with their e-mail!!

Hmm. I use Hotmail and the spam filter seems to catch EVERYTHING.

Also, I should add that the version of MSN Explorer that came with my copy of XP works without a subscription. I think it's... the SP1 version? I tried using it. It crashed every running program.

I have it for my parents, who like the easy-to-use interface. Ever since the last update to MSN Explorer, I can't check my email through it, even though everyone else on my account can.

Silverskull said,
Hmm. I use Hotmail and the spam filter seems to catch EVERYTHING.

Also, I should add that the version of MSN Explorer that came with my copy of XP works without a subscription. I think it's... the SP1 version? I tried using it. It crashed every running program.


I agree. Windows Live Hotmail's spam filter is anything like the old MSN Hotmail. People need to get over it.

The Real Alex said,
The last person i knew was probably last Christmas and that was my (girl) cousin.

This was aimed at the same crowd as AOL.

The Real Alex said,
She now uses Internet Explorer 8.

Oh well, some people will never learn :-)

Microsoft knows we will never use it all up and they've put things in place to make sure it won't happen like attachment upload restrictions. They should give this 500GB offer to SkyDrive, it would actually be used and welcomed but unfortunately MS does not have the server capacity to offer it.

They would never give this to skydrive - because people would actually use it there. I wouldn't write them not having enough storage off though, I'm relatively sure they have trillions of GB's of space all over the place

The other Live services like SkyDrive will probably get a boost in wave 4. Besides if you need more than 5GB that skydrive has there is always other ways, like using Mesh and just connecting to your own server remotelly.

This wouldnt even be that good for skydrive either, as it also has a very low file upload restriction size. Clever marketing of a useless product.

What version of MSN Explorer is this screenshot? People even pay for it? Didn't MSN Premium die? The last version of MSN Explorer you could use without a subscription was I think version 6.

Btw they should at least raise the per file size limit of SkyDrive to 100 or 150 MB.

GP007 said,
The other Live services like SkyDrive will probably get a boost in wave 4. Besides if you need more than 5GB that skydrive has there is always other ways, like using Mesh and just connecting to your own server remotelly.

Did you miss Wave 3's update? 25 GB now. Was that a typo? :P
tuxplorer said,
Btw they should at least raise the per file size limit of SkyDrive to 100 or 150 MB.

That I definitely agree with.

tuxplorer said,
What version of MSN Explorer is this screenshot?

That's version 9.x.

People even pay for it?

More specifically, people pay for the Internet access subscription, and the browser shell is included (it's not available to non-subscribers).

Didn't MSN Premium die?

It's essentially been in Sustained Engineering mode since 2005. So, yeah, kinda.

The last version of MSN Explorer you could use without a subscription was I think version 6.

Version 7 was bundled with XP. The official final MSN Explorer that you can use without a subscription is 7.2Q...it is downloaded automatically if you are to launch v7.0.