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Yahoo Inc. plans to give its paying e-mail customers 2 gigabytes of storage and boost the size limits on free accounts
On free e-mail accounts, Yahoo is expanding storage to 100 megabytes from 4 megabytes and upping the message size limit to 10 megabytes from 3 megabytes.
All the yahoo addresses (and such) are used for spam and online forms etc anyway.
The 100 MB in storage means I won't have to open a new account after all.
I wonder whether this will hamper Gmail as while I will probably still sign up I probably won't use it.
Also, the guide showing the space used seems to show randomly either 6 Mb or 100 Mb when the old theme is shown.
100Mb is plenty, and I think it's better to offer that than get into some sort of arms race with Gmail. I suspect that very few users will need more than, say, 25Mb. I've had a Yahoo Mail address since it's launch back in 1997/98 (can't remember exactly) and even after trying others, it's still the best out there. Gmail doesn't count, of course, as it isn't open to the public yet.
Some of the yahoo accts went 100MB this am,some did not. How they chose which to upgrade and which to leave (for now at least) is neither age based nor acct. name based. Seems as much flip of the coin as anything.
For the accts. that have converted over, the interface appears fine but it's only been looked at via IE so far.
Coming out with 100 MB to google's 1000 MB though is somewhat interesting. Sounds a bit like betting aces and eights against a full house to me.
As storage space becomes cheaper and larger, these kinds of sizes will really become irrelevent. It's the feature set that is important. The thing that is setting Gmail apart is not so much its storage capacity, but what you can do with it. Search, Labels, Conversations, etc. make Gmail a very useful service letting you easily manage and find specific information within a large storage space. Sure, the competition will eventually bring on the same features, but even if Yahoo gave me a terabyte of space, I still wouldn't take it. Simply put, their ads are way too intrusive and annoying. In many cases their ads take up almost half the screen! C'mon! Obvioulsy, Gmail's ad model remains to be proven, but as a user, I would choose Gmail over Yahoo in a heartbeat.
--------- Yahoo Mail Plus announcement -------------
Welcome to the new and improved
Yahoo! Mail Plus.
Thanks for being a loyal Yahoo! Mail user. We've made some great changes to Mail Plus, effective immediately! You'll have all the features of your current Yahoo! Mail Plus account, and many more – at no additional cost*!
Here's even more to love about Yahoo! Mail Plus:
* No graphical ads
When you're using the Mail web interface, your experience will be even more enjoyable.
* Streamlined interface
Makes using your mail even easier.
* Virtually unlimited storage
A whopping 2GB means you should never have to worry about managing storage again! Keep thousands of messages, photos, and documents – think of it as your online archive.
------------ end of Yahoo Mail Plus announcement -------------
What I like in particular, besides the extra space, is the elimination of graphic ads (esp. the Flash ones!). I agree with others here, the new interface sucks.
BTW, I was using Mozilla, and couldn't get past the "announcement" page --- I would receive 404 errors. I had to login with IE, click past the announcement page, and then login again with Mozilla (after which the 1-time announcement page was gone, and it would work fine).
I have just been redirected to the new interface at yahoo.
IT5 IS COMPLETELY UNUSABLE IN OPERA.
text size is about 2 pixels - I can read it at 200 percent at which the buttons are pretty big ...
time to change where is my invite to gmail?@#$^
I beg to differ. Yahoo mail works beautifully in Opera. GMAIL won't even let you login with Opera (well, you can get in but your warned that they don't support it)
Great news – Yahoo! Mail is new and improved!
Thanks for being a loyal Yahoo! Mail user. To ensure that Yahoo! Mail continues to be the easiest, most enjoyable way for you to stay in touch, we've made several great improvements to your service! In addition to all the features you currently enjoy, we've made these upgrades:
Makes using your mail even easier
100MB of email storage
Keep more of the things that are important to you – without worrying about bumping up against your storage limit.
Message size up to 10MB
Send monster-sized files – photos, presentations, whatever!
So thanks again for choosing Yahoo! Mail to keep in touch, and we hope you enjoy the additional services now at your fingertips. For more information, please visit our Help page.
I doubt I will switch to Gmail now. What a surprise!
This is what happens when you spend too much time in beta: competitors have all the time to react.