Microsoft upgrades Hotmail storage to 1GB

Neowin members (thanks DJLunacy for the initial post) are reporting that Microsoft's webmail service, Hotmail, is currently upgrading users from 250MB to 1GB. Windows Live Mail has a maximum of 2GB storage, but many users don't wish to use it, and therefore were stuck on 250MB.

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I can access my gmail for free via pop3. Hotmail I can't.

Frankly I don't care how much space Hotmail gives, until they provide more services like gmail and Yahoo, they simply are third rate.

POP3 > webmail

Quote - Dakkaroth said @ #16.1
You'd think they would considering MS has Outlook, but yeah.. no such luck. :

Windows Live Messenger = Yahoo Messenger now.. as you can talk to either contact list on either client.

You can access your yahoo mail via pop3 mail, yet you can't access your hotmail via pop3 unless you pay for that service.

Personally it doesn't make much sense to have one allow the service and the other not.

Even when you signed up for Windows Live Domains in the beginning you would figure they would allow such a service, but not even close. They basically just suckered people in so that your domain was a passport account.

1 - I've had 2gb on my @MSN.com account fo rnearly 2 yrs now.
2 - Inbox.com's interface is about the same 'design' (not colours etc) as WLM or Yahoo!'s beta ..
3 - no one actually USES that much space. Heck, I have 80gb of Email storage - called a HARDDRIVE, and use only about 500mb or so of it.

Is it really that hard to conceive for you that a user may need an inbox+outbox two times larger than you?

If I just worked a little more with the CAD industry than I currently do although my job is related, I can easily imagine my usage growing as mails often start getting 1 MB+ attachements. I can complain that other services like FTP is better suited for this, but it'd be me fighting windmills.

Yeah, I tried to check my email the other day and got a "Server is too busy" message. :(

Secondly, I don't know what happened yesterday, but I couldn't access my hotmail via Firefox. Not that it just wasn't working, but it specifically told me,"Hotmail could not be accessed". Worked fine suddenly in IE7. Works now in FF but it was all just very odd.

I wish Live Mail would load faster though. I was happy to receive the invite to try out the new mail, but it's pretty slow. However, it is MUCH better than Yahoo's beta mail service. Yahoo gots some nasty colors too with only 1 skin. D:

Hotmail can go to Blazers.

If it wasn't for gmail they would still be limiting us to 3MB of space! (unless we bought an "upgrade" from them)

Umm that is cool and all..but why? once Windows Live Mail comes out of Beta, won't all Hotmail accounts be converted to 2Gb WLM ones anyway? (as WLM is the new identity for Hotmail after all)

Mine says 2GB but who cares. Who really uses all that space? I don't know about you but I have no need to save all my emails.

I never understood why people care so much about email storage. who uses all that space just for emails, you got to be kidding me if somebody says they get that many legitimate emails per day that would justify that much storage. and if you are using it for file storage, there are other options that are meant to perform that function and not email sites.

Well you send and receive a lot of e-mail and you want to keep all of them on the server. Some mails have 10 Mbs attachments, some have 4 Mbs attachments, some have 350 kbs attachments. But over time *let say 5 years* you can get :

5 mails a day (my average) * 365 days * 5 years = 9125 mails.

Let say 10 % of them have attachments of 500 kbs

((9125 * 0.10) * 500) / 1024 = 445 Mbs

I think it is necessary for those (like me) who works a lot using their mailbox.

Quote - macrosslover said @ #2
I never understood why people care so much about email storage. who uses all that space just for emails, you got to be kidding me if somebody says they get that many legitimate emails per day that would justify that much storage. and if you are using it for file storage, there are other options that are meant to perform that function and not email sites.

I've never understood why people complain about companies giving us users 1gb+ of storage for emails for FREE... they are the ones spending the storage not us... :P and we are not paying anything, yeah sure we get some ads here and there but they are not intrusive at all...

Quote - machorro said @ #2.3

I've never understood why people complain about companies giving us users 1gb+ of storage for emails for FREE... they are the ones spending the storage not us... :P and we are not paying anything, yeah sure we get some ads here and there but they are not intrusive at all...

True! Complaining about getting something for free is dumb!

About time...

But did they include a search engine like google one to search through your 230 000 e-mail you received in your past 5 years ?

Edit : Well, according to my calculation below, it is more 9125 mails. But still, it is necessary to have a search engine.

Quote - tx83 said @ #1.1
About time...

But did they include a search engine like google one to search through your 230 000 e-mail you received in your past 5 years ?

Edit : Well, according to my calculation below, it is more 9125 mails. But still, it is necessary to have a search engine.

Why would I want to search through nothing but spam? :P