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4:21 am on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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article [story.news.yahoo.com]
Yahoo Inc. plans to give its paying e-mail customers 2 gigabytes of storage and boost the size limits on free accounts
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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.
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Not good enough. Typical of Yahoo :)
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100 megs is enough for all practical purposes, so I think they made a very strategic move in keeping there current customers happy, Untill they decide what to do with there email service.
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100MB is fine. But the interface isn't even half as good as Google's. Yahoo aren't stupid though, they'll come out with something to really knock our socks off.
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I just got upgraded to 100MBs but the interface still shows 6MB even after relogin.
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I am pleased about this. Had only recently got the invitation to join Gmail and had not done so because I really do not want another email address right now.

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.

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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?@#$^

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oh not only that - the buttons don't even work are Yahoo completely out of their mind = that afarid of gmail that they didn't run any tests and are rolling out this REALLY BAD interface?!
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It all works fine for me (am on IE) and am pleased with the simple to use interface.

In fact I don't think it looks that different to before but then I never used to pay any attention to it anyway as I would only log on once every two weeks or even just once month.

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I am only talking about opera, where I have pics turned off, which is the only way to use yahoo mail!
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I only use Opera with my Yahoo mail account, and it looks fine to me this evening.
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It's jumping between the new and old look whilst I'm going through the folders - I'm not sure they've updated all their servers yet!

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.

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I have both gmail and yahoo accounts in da house, a few at yahoo for that matter as there's a passle of us in da house.

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.

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Size doesn't matter! (Or so I'm continually told!)

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.

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I been using Yahoo mail since '97 and this interface has to be the worst of them all. Yuck!

But, I am glad they have upgraded to 100mb and have a prominent "Search Mail" button. It's time G take Gmail outta beta.

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You still don't need an INVITE to be on yahoo mail though;)
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don't need an INVITE to be on yahoo mail

Nope, just a certain willingness to delete spam on
a daily basis, lol. Gmail may turn out the same though, too early to say. I'm not willing to bet against spam finding its way there as well.

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But, how are they going to justify their increased storage costs? Also, previously 100MB of Yahoo Mail premium use to cost like $100/yr. Now, 2GB for $20?
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I just got the upgrade to 2 GB, as I was a paying member. Here's the complete announcement when I logged in:

--------- 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).

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Yup , i just saw ....I also got upgraded to 2GB , SWEET!
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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)

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I'm not willing to bet against spam finding its way there as well.

Currently, GMail bounces between an OK spam filter and having *no* spam filter.

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This is just more evidence that Google is dead....as though we needed any more evidence. Good job Yahoo! Such a tiny little effort for Yahoo to render the 'G'reedy mail a non-issue. I am willing to publicly offer Google $12 for the google.com domain. If they wait another year I will only offer $5 so they better hury. :-)

--------------------------
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:
Streamlined interface
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.

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Too many bugs! Time for a rollback on this one. Javascript errors all over the place. Not to mention I got a message last night that my account was suspended bacause I had used too much space.

They were definitely in a rush for this one. Very unlike yahoo.

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I expected some problems when I saw the upgrade message today. Give them a day or two, they will have it fixed very quickly I would think. They seem to not leave things scewed up too long at Yahoo.
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"They seem to not leave things scewed up too long at Yahoo"

How long has their own search engine been running now?

I wonder if this move will prompt MS to offer more space on hotmail accounts?

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they sent me a new 100mb of space, but when i login back to my Y! it goes back to the standard 6.0mb :) maybe thier servers are busy? still not perfect
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Got upgraded to 2gb + all the features of yahoo mail + only for $9.99 a year.
I particularly like the fact that I can now create as many someword-someotherword@yahoo.com email when I don't want to reveal my real email, and just destroy it when I don't need it anymore so I won't receive spam there.

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.

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ByronM - I use opera 5 where the new yahoo mail definitely doesn't work
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Good! Yahoo mail is easy.
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