Yahoo To Offer Unlimited E-mail Storage

Yahoo Inc. plans to offer unlimited e-mail storage to its roughly quarter of a billion users, starting in May, it said on Tuesday. The world's biggest e-mail service is scrapping its free e-mail storage limit of 1 gigabyte, or about a billion bytes of data, responding to explosive growth in attachment sizes as people share ever more photos, music and videos via e-mail. Microsoft has a 2 gigabyte free e-mail storage limit, while Google caps its Gmail service at 2.8 gigabytes. "We are giving them no reason to ever have to delete old e-mails," Yahoo co-founder David Filo said in a phone interview. "You can keep stuff forever."

Officials said the decision to remove e-mail storage limits reflects the plunging cost of storage as new personal computers store up to a trillion bytes of data and owners of 80-gigabyte iPods can carry 100 hours of video in their pockets. By contrast, when Yahoo first introduced its e-mail service a little under a decade ago, it capped individual storage at 4 megabytes per user. At that time, an "ultra high-density" floppy disk for personal computers then held 144 megabytes. "People should think about e-mail as something where they are archiving their lives," said Filo, who remains active in managing technical operations at the Sunnyvale, California, company and carries the honorific title of Chief Yahoo. Starting in May, the changeover to unlimited storage should take a month, said John Kremer, vice president of Yahoo Mail.

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Well, to be honest Google's 2.8 (and increasing) gigabytes is more than enough for anyone using it just for email. Using it for anything else would be against the terms of service, and I bet the TOS will have a "fair use" clause limiting people from storing 5 TB of data on Yahoo's servers...

...Google caps its Gmail service at 2.8 gigabytes

No they don't. Currently the maximum storage is around 2.8 gigabytes, but that increases slightly every day. Who really needs multigigabyte storage for email? Using the space for file storage goes against the grain of what the service is, an email account. Use gigasize / filepile / etc. for storage if you need universal access that much. Alternatively, burn all your crap to DVDs or store it on your own machine and use an FTP server.

"People should think about e-mail as something where they are archiving their lives,"

If I was making an archive of my life, I wouldn't be doing it on Yahoo! XD

Yeah, all I'm waiting for is attachment sizes to go up. 10MB is just not enough. I'd rather have that and only 1GB of storage if it had to be. I don't see anyone filling up their unlimited space anytime soon.

Hmmm....I just checked, and I have a gargantuan 56KB stored in my Hotmail account. I'm waiting for them to start deleting all that excess mail!

I remember the days when 1MB was all you got from Hotmail, 2MBs from Yahoo. Its moments like these I say "thank God for Google". Now everyone is pushing this limitless storage future of Web Mail accounts. I'm sure if Google didn't come up with the 1 GB strategy MSN would probably step backward and reduce account storage to 500 KBs. I can't wait until Google pushes its attachment limit to 1GB.

Thanks to Google back in 2004 when they introduced 1GB which was shocking at the time, now everyone can increase inbox size.

Sadly, attachment limit will probably still be at 10MB.

At that time, an "ultra high-density" floppy disk for personal computers then held 144 megabytes.

I wish they had held 144MB's. 1.44MB's is what it really held, sadly.

lol... i only have used up 10mb in hotmail abt 15mb in gmail... oh well the people that basically live of emails its good news for them

It says "responding to explosive growth in attachment sizes as people share ever more photos, music and videos via e-mail". Or is just talking about the storage?