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.

Yahoo to offer unlimited e-mail storage

Yahoo Inc. plans to offer unlimited e-mail storage to its roughly quarter ofa billion users, starting in May, it said on Tuesday.

The world's biggest e-mail service is scrapping its free e-mail storagelimit of 1 gigabyte, or about a billion bytes of data, responding to explosivegrowth in attachment sizes as people share ever more photos, music and videosvia e-mail.

Microsoft has a 2 gigabyte free e-mail storage limit, while Google caps itsGmail service at 2.8 gigabytes.

 "We are giving them no reason to ever have to delete olde-mails," Yahoo co-founder David Filo said in a phone interview.

 "You can keep stuff forever." Officials said the decision toremove e-mail storage limits reflects the plunging cost of storage as newpersonal computers store up to a trillion bytes of data and owners of80-gigabyte iPods can carry 100 hours of video in their pockets.

By contrast, when Yahoo first introduced its e-mail service a little under adecade ago, it capped individual storage at 4 megabytes per user.

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

"People should think about e-mail as something where they are archivingtheir lives," said Filo, who remains active in managing technicaloperations at the Sunnyvale, California, company and carriesthe honorific title of Chief Yahoo.

Reuters

 

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