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Gmail goes to 4GB

October 21, 2007 at 14:16 · Filed under google, internet

I was logged into Gmail today and noticed it states You are currently using 92 MB (2%) of your 4044 MB. This is close to a doubling of the email capacity for normal accounts. I’m not sure if this applies to all users, or gets applied progressively, but it is a fantastic number to see at the bottom of your inbox.

In comparison, Windows live (aka hotmail) offers 1GB to their users, albeit in the form of a “Skydrive. Skydrive is an online storage space.

Correction: Thanks to Taylor’s comment, I do note that as a Windows live user my inbox shows 5GB of space available. Methinks Microsoft are playing catchup! Too little too late? We shall see, as both services are still the most popular (where are you yahoo!)

As detailed in the comments, Microsoft were actually offering Windows Live users more than Gmail sometime over 2 months ago. As I use Gmail primarily it slipped by my radar.

As I use both, I may review them in detail sometime.

Taylor said,

October 22, 2007 @ 04:34

I am a gmail fan, I use it exclusively, but think it should be pointed out that windows live hotmail, though inferior in my opinion, offers 5GB of free storage at this point in time.

lantrix said,

October 23, 2007 @ 00:32

I’ve not seen the 5GB amount for Windows live, and in fact if I hit up my rarely used hotmail account – after it redirects to windows live it clearly states “Sign up for our award-winning service. 2 GB of space – more storage”.

lantrix said,

October 23, 2007 @ 00:34

So it looks like they are playing catch up with google. You are correct Taylor – once logged in you see “Mailbox usage: x% of 5 GB“. Their login page just has not caught up.
But I do agree with you about gmail, as I find it much more intuitive.

R said,

October 23, 2007 @ 03:34

Hotmail have had 5GB accounts for a quite a while now (or at least mine has been 5GB for a while anyway), maybe 4-5 mths at least. Although it does say 2GB on the homepage,

David said,

October 23, 2007 @ 06:34

Actually Windows Live gave me 5GB back in August, so it’s actually Google that’s playing catch up.

Tim said,

October 23, 2007 @ 15:12

Mine says 4305 MB but I guess that might be because of the company beta for dphoto that was offered by google …

Daniel said,

October 26, 2007 @ 13:54

I just noticed it today. Hopefully google will add Gdrive sometime soon. I used to use hotmail, but I stopped when they disabled POP access (I may be mistaken, but I’m pretty sure they wanted you to pay to have POP access at one point in time). Now I mostly use gmail. I save my hotmail address for college stuff now. It seems that I got removed off of a lot of spam lists for the time I didn’t use hotmail.

lantrix said,

October 26, 2007 @ 16:27

Same here – I have hotmail, yahoo, gmail – and gmail gets the workout – pop being a requirement for some automated data I pass through gmail to my apps. A friend of mine had 5 years of hotmail data, contacts, etc – and didn’t use it for 3 months. Microsoft disabled his account and on re-enabling all his data was lost. He’s a gmail convert now.

On the plus side they look like getting IMAP as well

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