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Gmail vs Yahoo! Mail: Google Boosts Its Free Storage to 2GB

Gmail Will Now Offer Two Free Gigabytes of Storage to Users

Gmail or Yahoo! Mail? Now that Yahoo! Mail has matched the Gmail offer of 1GB storage to its free e-mail customers, Google is doing the obvious thing and pulling ahead again, reopening "the one-gig gap" between its Gmail service and all-comers.

A year after the launch of Gmail in beta on April 1 of last year, Gmail users will now be able to store e-mail and attachments up to 2GB per account.

"Our goal is to make sure storage is no longer an issue for web mail users," said Marissa Mayer, Google's director of consumer web products - a clear indication that even 2GB is by no means as high as Google is prepared to go to keep itself in the lead over all-comers.   

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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Harshad 04/14/05 12:27:24 PM EDT

All this storage talk is making my head go spinning..... Sure, gmail offers 2GB at the moment ( my account at gmail now has 2100MB i.e. 2.1 GB of free space), but as rightly said by some one its all messy.... I have used many free GB email providers, but Yahoo, i feel, rules the competition . True enough, gmail is still a beta version provider, but generally and overall, i wd go in for a yahoo ( it opens on any browser version - unlike gmail which makes a lot of fuss in this regard). And who needs 2GB of space anyways .. 1GB is more than enough...

Erwin Morales 04/04/05 04:02:06 PM EDT

welcome infinite+1 bytes in my gmail inbox, hotmail survives only for the msn messenger service, if it's true the messenger google's service byebye msn & hotmail.

James FInstrom 04/04/05 01:35:06 PM EDT

AH MAN!! OH NO!!! i finaly got my display to read your using 2% of your 1gig limit now it says your using 0% again :(( life is rough I need more friends...

peterrk 04/04/05 06:01:06 AM EDT

Does it really matter? There are so many hoops to jump through tho get a Gmail account, who would bother? All they keep doing is keeping their name in the news without really offering anything to the vast majority of internet users. Offering 2GB to a handful of users is hardly a big deal. I'll get more excited when Gmail finally gets real.

pjh 04/04/05 05:31:53 AM EDT

To make labels more like folders, all you have to do is quickly apply a label, then hit the 'archive' button. You then only see the message from within the view of that label (like with a folder), and you still get the functionality provided by labels.

I use labels and stars all the time!

The difference between labels and folders is that with folders you can only put the message into one folder (unless you make a copy of the message), whereas with labels, you can apply multiple labels to the same message.

I'm surprised that gmail is slow for you - for most people it is lightning fast! Far faster than Hotmail... True, it takes a while to load in the first place, but when you get into it everything is (almost) instant!

freaking idiot 04/04/05 03:08:36 AM EDT

what's the difference between labels and folders apart from the fact that the labelled messages can still be retrieved from anywhere?

bigmomma 04/03/05 03:35:21 PM EDT

Labels are much much better than folders - for example, you can put multiple labels on a conversation. But really really really ......the key is to search for your email rather than (folder--sort--scan!)....I shudder to imagine what it would be to go back to yahoo etc.

Stars are pretty useful for example, to mark emails you have read, want to reply but not replied.

Googler 04/03/05 12:31:16 PM EDT

Gmail is okay. Sure the space is nice, but their lack of folders for organization when you have a lot email is a real pain. Instead you have to archive messages and then search for them later. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it, google it. But still, my kingdom for customizable folders!

Does anyone really use the Starred or Labels features? Bah, too much extra work! Labels are the closest thing to having folders, but all the messages are still displayed in a single area, forcing you to search for messages unnecessarily.

Gmail is also slow for some reason. Maybe due to the indexing??

My tip, use Gmail for archiving. Yahoo is still the best for day to day email. Hotmail is just okay, they sorta ruined it when they changed the interface and made you perform an extra click to get your messages. It used to be so much better.

queZZtion 04/03/05 11:58:58 AM EDT

What's Google doing withthe social-networking site Orkut that it bought?

Giants vs giants 04/03/05 11:55:36 AM EDT

Seems the storage fight between Yahoo, Google and Microsoft's MSN is never going to end.

nteeretsing 04/03/05 11:48:34 AM EDT

||| Are they just using massive NAS/SAN? Are the messages themselves stored randomly across many systems with each user just having a common index of messages? |||

Great questions. Hopefully Google will monitor this thread and reply?

Google Wins 04/02/05 02:53:11 AM EST

MSN Hotmail is dead now surely.

2gigYes 04/02/05 02:07:37 AM EST

Good for Google! (Good for us all.)

David 04/01/05 05:04:23 PM EST

What's the technical architecture used that allows so many users to access lots of front end web servers and reach a common set of backends where the email messages are stored? Does Google at least keep a given user's messages all in one location, or does it have some sort of distributed email message storage system for a given user?

Are they just using massive NAS/SAN? Are the messages themselves stored randomly across many systems with each user just having a common index of messages?

Easy2RememberNick 04/01/05 10:27:48 AM EST

I already have a G mail account. If it isn't Beta soon, will I have to fight over my username again?

secureMe 04/01/05 10:25:05 AM EST

Are Gmail accounts still vulnerable to XSS exploits?

goooooog 04/01/05 08:56:04 AM EST

So what's Google doing for April Fool's this year?

gmail.c 04/01/05 08:46:25 AM EST

&&& TomViolin commented on 1 April 2005:
There's a dynamically updating counter on the Gmail login page. Although the story on the login page, as a whole, is an April Fool's joke, the actual quotas are following the counter, gradually increasing....! &&&

Ha - Very cool! Hre's the login page (http://mail.google.com) - currently it reads: "1344.576892 megabytes of storage (and counting) for every user."

TomViolin 04/01/05 08:31:36 AM EST

There's a dynamically updating counter on the Gmail login page. Although the story on the login page, as a whole, is an April Fool's joke, the actual quotas are following the counter, gradually increasing....!

StormBear 04/01/05 08:15:12 AM EST

Interestingly enough, I checked my gmail account after reading this and I am now at 1.3 gigs of HD space. Hmmm...

hotmailNOT 04/01/05 07:50:51 AM EST

Yahoo! won't just give up obviously. But has MSN Hotmail thrown in the towel? It's now way bnehind in the storage stakes

A Reed 04/01/05 07:45:15 AM EST

Check out this site if you need a gmail account.


carlyWHAT'Snext? 04/01/05 07:37:39 AM EST

||| TwoGiGlover commented on 1 April 2005:
Given the date are we all sure this isn't just an April fool? |||

The only April Fool that would fool anyone today is that Carly Fiorina is going to be the new CEO of Sun. Or Hillary's running mate, or the next Sec-Gen of the UN, or...

TwoGiGlover 04/01/05 07:35:14 AM EST

Given the date are we all sure this isn't just an April fool?

ansWer3 04/01/05 07:01:06 AM EST

## Jumping Ship commented on 1 April 2005:
Anyone have a spare Gmail account they'd care to part with? (ex Yahoo! user) ##

You can actually find out how to get an invite by following this (http://www.gmailresource.net/resources/gmail-blogs.htm) link.

addict 04/01/05 06:58:40 AM EST

anyone ever seen this blog about gmail, http://gmailaddict.blogspot.com/ - great fun

drinkypoo 04/01/05 06:46:58 AM EST

When google came out with gmail I lost my last reason to visit yahoo. I do occasionally use their messenger, after uninstalling the components that I told it not to install that were installed anyway...

Yahoo! is only a has-been among a class of geeks that became offended when it went from being the site that had the most favorable usefulness to cleanliness ratio and became really cluttered, and then started whoring its address bar along with every damn thing you install off the 'net these days. Why in hell am I getting harassed to install it when I install Acrobat reader? That doesn't even make sense.

Jumping Ship 04/01/05 06:36:23 AM EST

Anyone have a spare Gmail account they'd care to part with? (ex Yahoo! user)

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