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Yahoo Ups Mail to Match Google's Gig

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the well-good-for-them dept.

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Bruce Young writes "Yahoo said late Tuesday that it will provide 1 gigabyte of storage for each free e-mail account. The current limit is 250 megabytes. The expanded storage which will be available in mid-April will enable Yahoo to catch up with online search engine leader Google. "

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It was bound to happen (4, Funny)

dJOEK (66178) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022407)

will we soon surf to

Re:It was bound to happen (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022425)

Hey, ur sig sux!

It really is a bit wank.

Re:It was bound to happen (2, Funny)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022544)

I prefer Goohoo []

Failure is imminent. (-1, Troll)

chalkoutline (854917) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022409)

They still won't be as good as Google.. stop trying!

Re:Failure is imminent. (1, Insightful)

bsharitt (580506) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022454)

There is still room for Google to get worse and yahoo to get better. Yahoo used to be in Google's shoes, and there is nothing to say that Google won't go the same way.

Re:Failure is imminent. (5, Interesting)

dsginter (104154) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022526)

They still won't be as good as Google.. stop trying!

I disagree from a business perspective.

Lots of people will stay with yahoo mail because it is difficult to switch. If there is no benefit, then there is little reason to make the switch in the first place.

Competition is good. Now, they will start competing on other features and the consumer wins in the end.

Re:Failure is imminent. (2, Insightful)

chalkoutline (854917) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022543)

In that sense you're right, but overall when comparing the two in terms of features and user-friendliness (from a new customer's perspective) I think Google wins out, I don't think Yahoo could really catch up now. But competetion is good, for sure.

Re:Failure is imminent. (1)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022762)

GMail has a few things I don't like... for example, not being able to open messages in a new window/tab so you can reference them while typing a message without lots of clicking around.

However, the spell checker in GMail rocks. It's so transparent, and doesn't screw with the message by bringing you to a new page with drop-downs like most others. And, of course, the search function is also excellent.

Storage space is only an "ooh ahh" thing to get people's attention. It's the little things that effect day to day use that make the service usable or garbage.

Yahooooo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022410)

Now I can save my vmware os to the internet and run it at work

Re:Yahooooo (1)

conteXXt (249905) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022559)

great idea.

But I bet the uuen(de)coding will take more time than burning a cdrw every week or so.

I don't have a yahoo account... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022411)

what are the ads like for a yahoo email account? by comparison, is google much better (because of the tame text ads?)

Re:I don't have a yahoo account... (5, Insightful)

bugbeak (711163) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022710)

Yahoo has graphic ads.

Graphic ads SUCK.

Re:I don't have a yahoo account... (5, Informative)

bwcarty (660606) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022743)

Yahoo also appends an advertisement to the bottom of messages you send out.

But... (1)

ben0207 (845105) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022416)

... will there mail service still suck? Ive had to respond to more than a few cries for help from people that use Yahoo. Its a mess.

Yahoo vs Google? (4, Interesting)

davidmcg (796487) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022417)

Yahoo have apparently denied that it is trying to beat Google at it's own game but said that it reflected the way subscribers are using email...umm, sure...we believe you..

Re:Yahoo vs Google? (4, Insightful)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022550)

Why not believe them. The way people use web mail, certainly my usage has changed over the years. Do you seriously expect Yahoo to stick with what worked for most people in 1997?

And FYI Yahoo had email before Google was even a blip on the horizon for Altavista so it more like Google are trying to beat yahoo ay their own game. Either way I dont care, I win.

Re:Yahoo vs Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022738)

Either way I dont care, I win.

Sorry, if you're using Yahoo web mail, you're still a loser.

Note to Google (-1, Troll)

Ken@WearableTech (107340) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022419)

It's your move now Google! HAHAHAHA

Re:Note to Google (1)

metricmusic (766303) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022558)

Rookie takes Mail. check. ;)

Ooooh good... (1, Funny)

Smiffa2001 (823436) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022427)

...that means more room for all the spam, pr0n and other guff I get cos of using my yahoo account to 'register' for stuff. Even better - I only have to visit it once a year or even every two to empty it all out. Superb, cheers Yahoo!

Pop Access? (5, Informative)

FinchWorld (845331) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022428)

Yahoo got that yet? Last i checked they didn't, which means you got to go through all of Yahoo's webmail interface.

Re:Pop Access? (5, Informative)

wscott (20864) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022461)

use fetchyahoo [] . I use that to automatically forward all my yahoo mail to my gmail account. ;-)

The gmail web interface just blows aways anything yahoo provides. The 1Gig is not the real selling point. Now I just wish ebay would hire the google engineers to redesign their interface.

Re:you think so? (2, Interesting)

BitterAndDrunk (799378) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022688)

I've felt like the Google interface is wasted in my hands. . . I just don't know how to use it effectively.
I'm so accustomed to arranging things into folders, and I can't for the life of me create any sort of organization in my Gmail box, and must resort to using the search tool to find anything.

Any tips on optimizing my Gmail experience? (I'm serious, any interface tips/tricks would be greatly appreciated)

Re:Pop Access? (1)

NetNifty (796376) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022491)

They had it quite a while ago (think around 1999/2000 I was using it with them anyway), but they probably got rid of it or made it a subscriber only service.

Re:Pop Access? (4, Funny)

Slashcrap (869349) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022574)

Yahoo got that yet? Last i checked they didn't, which means you got to go through all of Yahoo's webmail interface.

If you sign up for a account, you get free POP3 and SMTP access.

Unfortunately they scan every e-mail you send for fucking ridiculous made-up words like "burglarized", so if you're actually American you'll get busted pretty quick.

Re:Pop Access? (1)

vitamine73 (818599) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022647)

They have 'free' pop access and forwarding. You have to sign to something called 'Yahoo! Delivers', which will send you 'product information' one to three times a week. I just tried signing up for it by selecting 'send me info only for topics I select below' and not selecting any topic below! I'll see how it goes!

Re:Pop Access? (2, Insightful)

vitamine73 (818599) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022697)

And, by the way, what we want to acces 1GB of mail is IMAP acces, not POP3!

Re:Pop Access? (2)

Dragoon412 (648209) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022740)

As I understand it, Google's POP access is a very buggy feature.

I've never tried it with a PC email client, but having tried to get it to work on several mobile devices, including a Sony Ericsson S710a, Motorola Razr V3, and and Palm Treo 650, I can say that it doesn't work at all for them.

Apparently, this is a well-known and widespread problem with Gmail as well. If it wasn't, there wouldn't be a need for sites like gmailwireless [] or Sourceforge projects like gmail-mobile [] .

Don't get me wrong, I love Gmail so much I've abandoned all my other email accounts, but the POP access definitely needs some work.

Yahoo catch-up TODO list (5, Insightful)

Laurentiu (830504) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022430)

So Yahoo, you want me as a customer? Here's what you have to do:

* remove those nasty ads
* filter spam better
* add POP3 access back (you were one of the first free online mailers with POP3, then you removed it so that people would use your crappy ad-full interface)
* (and speaking of which) improve your web interface to (at least) Google standards

When you're done, let me know and I just might give up my nice gmail account.

Re:Yahoo catch-up TODO list (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022473)

just use those cool guys: []

Loftmail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022706)

If Loftmail give a Gig account.. that will be very nice, but then they are free from any advertising.

Google catch-up TODO list (4, Interesting)

DogDude (805747) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022529)

In order for me to consider GMail, here are a few things that I need:
  • Fully integrated address book that synchronizes with Outlook and PDA's
  • Fully integrated calendar that synchronizes with Outlook and PDA's and that can send my cell phone/pager alerts and reminders
  • A generica area for storing files that have nothing to do with email (Yahoo's Briefcase)
  • Personalized weather, news, stock information, music station, movie listings, etc.
  • Integrated messenger
  • Integrated message boards (Yahoo Groups)
  • Ability to make my own customized web page that accesses all of the above information
  • NOT data mine my email

    • And that's just a start.

Re:Google catch-up TODO list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022546)

What's an Outlook? :)

Re:Google catch-up TODO list (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022572)

So you want an address book, a calendar, file storage, personalized news, an IM client, message boards, and web server?

Hmm, I kinda just wanted to get my email.

Re:Google catch-up TODO list (3, Informative)

Laurentiu (830504) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022618)

Dude, you're missing the point. I don't want an e-mail account that also does dishes. Oh wait... Damn! Anyway, nothing you have there on your list is actually an improvement of the mailer interface. I don't care about Outlook - although, by the way: You can import address books from Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo!, orkut, and other services to your Gmail account. I don't need a messenger to read e-mails. I don't want alerts and reminders on my cell phone/PDA/whatever - especially when some spammer decided to spoil my dinner. And if I want to be able to read mail on my PDA, all I need is a POP3 enabled mailer. I don't want to store my files online - although I could use GmailFS, or just send myself an e-mail with attachments. And I certainly don't care about discussion groups integrated in my e-mailer - although, again incidentally, reading discussion groups in GMail is a treat, due to the interface. Sorry, no go. Try again?

Re:Google catch-up TODO list (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022691)

Who cares about you and what you don't want? The OP just stated features that he wanted.

Re:Google catch-up TODO list (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022622)

What else would you like which has nothing to do with email before you'll use their email service? You did say that's just the start.

Perhaps you'd like it if they sold tinfoil hats.

Re:Google catch-up TODO list (1)

IronChefMorimoto (691038) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022684) want them to start CHARGING for GMail?

Come on -- I've been a Gmail user for all of 7 days as of today, and I think it's the best thing since sliced bread. Synchronization of sent mail between Outlook and the web interface? No banner advertising? Simple to use interface? No tagged ads at the bottom of every e-mail.

And who gives a rat's ass if I see contextual text ads based on e-mail content? Fine with me until someone definitively proves that Gmail administrators are beating off to my missives to the wife in a remote office park. At that point, I'll change the service just because...well...I don't even beat off to those e-mails.

If you want all the above, you want door #2 -- labeled Yahoo!, AOL, etc. Jeez.

And to think that I was paying $10/month to keep my shitbox Mindspring/Earthlink account open for e-mail addresses I'd had for 7 years. And getting ONLY 10MB per account for each address. To quote Awesome-O, "Lame. Totally lame."


Re:Google catch-up TODO list (1)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022692)

We finally found the guy that Yahoo has designed their "web portal" for!!! YAHOOO!!!!!

P.S. Google is not "data mining your email." Their ads are personalized based on keywords in your email, as determined by a fucking computer. They are not read by any people, so get over yourself.

Re:Yahoo catch-up TODO list (1)

ehertlein (178879) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022561)

Remove the nasty adds? I don't understand how you expect these places to stay alive if they don't have some method of generating income. The adds aren't bad at all. They are off to the side and don't interfere with the interface.

And improve the interface? I have an integrated Address Book, Email, Calendar all in one. The one sore spot is that inorder to change the font size of my emails I have to use IE, but they are working on getting that for Firefox. I admit not everyone uses that but when sending email to people that have poor vision it's nice to know I can bump up the font size for them.

Re:Yahoo catch-up TODO list (1)

Laurentiu (830504) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022648)

I expect them to stay alive just like Google does. As for the interface, see one of my earlier posts.

Re:Yahoo catch-up TODO list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022565)

Goohoo's yahoogle?

Re:Yahoo catch-up TODO list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022570)

Stop hating. Your list doesn't really hold much water in my eyes.

POP3 access is available via 3rd party apps. To get rid of the ads, ... you probably can't get rid of all of them, but through Firefox, you can definitely reduce them.

It's a small price to pay for useful Yahoo services. But that's just IMHO.

So "FU" Mail Plus users? (3, Insightful)

ecklesweb (713901) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022435)

Well that seems to be a big middle finger to Yahoo!'s paying Mail Plus users. I wonder if they're not going to try to offer something extra to them as well. Right now is sounds like the only difference would be POP access and extra filters.

Re:So "FU" Mail Plus users? (5, Informative)

davidmcg (796487) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022450)

The Register [] states paid subscribers are getting upgraded to 2GB and can send attachments upto 20mb.

Re:So "FU" Mail Plus users? (1, Informative)

dubiousmike (558126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022515)

I know I have been able to send at least 25 mb size files with gmail....

Re:So "FU" Mail Plus users? (1)

seadd (530971) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022677)

I've been a Mail Plus user for several months now (I guess I'm just emotionally tied to my oldest existing email address:), and extra space is just one of the reasons I subscribed. Main reasons are, of course, POP access (which is BTW stil available to users), spam filtering and possibility to archive mail locally on my hard drive. In that way, I managed to collect all my past sent mail since 1998 and import it into my local sent folder. And that feature is AFAIK still missing in Gmail.
The only annoying thing is that, although big ads are not present, they still have a small banner saying that Yahoo is powered by HP. And I don't really think that's fair.:)
So, Gmail doesn't really attract me - ok, their interface and speed are great, but it was easier to cash 20$ for one year than to inform 100+ people of my new address.

Competition = Great for the masses (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022436)

This is why competition is a good thing. Because of this, Microsoft and Yahoo upped their free webmail service to huge amounts of storage.

This is cool.

Re:Competition = Great for the masses (1)

xtracto (837672) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022652)

Well, certainly yahoo did but I have still those darn 4 MB in my hotmail account... Not that I reaally use it, i only use it as my MSN messenger login, and when I am going to subscribe and/or download something from some site (sure, including pr0n).

Er (1)

TupperTrenine (803932) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022438)

The expanded storage which will be available in mid-April will enable Yahoo to catch up with online search engine leader Google.

No, it won't.

No more sticks? (4, Interesting)

Diakoneo (853127) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022439)

GMAIL and Yahoo! mail have so much storage, I hear people are giving up on carrying around USB sticks and just using HTTP mail. I haven't heard of any security breaches where someone has had access to any appreciable number of files stored on their sites, but I suppose it's just a matter of time.

Re:No more sticks? (1)

yogikoudou (806237) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022642)

You can even mount your gmail "drive", then drag-n-drop files into it. when you go on [] , you can see them in the trash with a special title, so they don't mess your mailbox up.
Go here for a windows version [] and here for a Linux version []

(Yeah, I need these karma points !)

Awesome... (1)

CHESTER COPPERPOT (864371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022440)

Does this mean larger more *flashier* annoying ads that I have to nuke? Yahoo should team up with the CIA to run renditions similar to A Clockwork Orange's aversion therapy sans the classical music and replaced with super large happy smiley faces.

What about merging with oddpost? (1)

friendklay (589671) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022444)

I am eagerly awaiting for the day they'd merge with oddpost. I don't need the gigs, I need the userablility and oddpost rocks.

Who needs this ? (1)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022448)

Frankly, I prefer storing my mails on MY machine, I don't need that much space on a "pooblic" server.... I couldn't even saturate my hotmail account !?
So, well : who would need so much space on a server they might not trust ?

Yahoo File System? (3, Interesting)

Robotech_Master (14247) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022449)

Wonder if the fellow who wrote the Gmail File System [] will do an adaptation...

obligatory pr0n comment. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022458)

obligatory pr0n comment.

And hotmail still sucks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022459)

They have been promising an upgrade for long but still it is the sucky 2MB limit.

And their spam filter is the worst in business I think. I still hang to it since i have a nice account, and hope one they they will provide decent service...

creators up ante in planet/population rescue (1)

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Attachment limit (2, Interesting)

psychoandy (797773) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022464)

Is the attachment size limit going to change?

Get both, and stay out of the fray. (5, Insightful)

unsung (10704) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022482)

Before you guys get in a huff about Yahoo! vs. Google mail services, it stands to reason that many of us have both, plus a hotmail account.

Yahoo upping online storage is a good thing for all of us.

Yahoo's Interface. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022486)

From what I remmember, Yahoo has always had a rather uninteresting clunky interface. Google however has an amazing interface that I would almost prefer over Outlook Express. Furthermore google seems to do a lot better at filtering spam. My yahoo account used to always be filled with spam. Google however perfect. As much as I hate the fact that the internet is slowly morphing into the GoogleNet. I have to say they do a much better job.

Re:Yahoo's Interface. (1)

tobybuk (633332) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022587)

What I like about google is they are not locking you into a new non-standard email. Everything they do is built on standards. If you get to a point you don't like what they do then you are free to move. Unlike Windows where you have no options but to use Windows if you need a particular application to run (yes, Wine may be an option but it result in a less than good experience mostly.)

Yahoogle? May be better... with Firefox & Adbl (2, Interesting)

xtracto (837672) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022501)

Seriously, I only use Gmail as my email account but I use Yahoo's calendar and, I have been tempted to start using my account for emails.

here [] is The Register story, they add that paying customers will get 2 GB! (and also they extra family accounts), and it will now disinfect your attachments if they have viruses (it previously only scanned and warned you).

Comment checked with spellbound []

competetion.. This is great (4, Insightful)

acomj (20611) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022503)

This is great. Hopefully google/yahoo/hotmail will all add more inovative features and the same low low price (feeding you ads is the price you pay).

Computer companies do amazing things when there is competetion..

This news means more than you think (4, Interesting)

the_mutha (177709) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022505)

The fact that is has taken Yahoo this long to play catch-up says a lot more than we may initially think. Many argue that the secret to Google's success is its highly adaptable and powerfull hardware architecture. They can increase their storage capacity very quickly just by adding more machines to its cluster. Yahoo has nowhere near the same adaptability as Google.

Yahoo mail search still sucks (1)

badmonkey (29600) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022513)

so with a gig of space, it'll be even harder to find anything in my inbox on Yahoo. Their search is slow and just plain doesn't find things.
Whereas on google, a fast search can find any email.

Waste of time (3, Insightful)

anethema (99553) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022517)

Other than for marketing of course.

I personally will probably never fill 250mb, let alone a gig.

I love gmail for all its features that Yahoo just doesnt have. I love the searching through archived mail. I love the labels instead of folders. And I -love- the threaded conversation view.

Yahoo would have to come up with some pretty killer feature at this point for me to even look at it. Even if it matched the featureset, it's still slow and cluttered compared to Gmail. And even then, I trust google more with all my mail than I do Yahoo.

Basically, just upping to a gig from 250mb...I could see this maybe stopping some Joe Sixpacks who use Yahoo now from switching to Gmail, but anyone who has actually used Gmail will probably never switch to Yahoo. The goodness just isnt there.

Does 1GB really make that much of a difference? (3, Insightful)

PaschalNee (451912) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022523)

Did anybody move to GMail just because of the 1GB limit? I was a YahooMail user and was waaaayyyy off the 250Mb limit. The attractiveness of GMail for me was the snappiness of the responses, the threaded email conversations and general clean UI. Cranking YahooMail up to a GB will not change any of this.

Re:Does 1GB really make that much of a difference? (1)

Tylerious (836357) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022636)

Very true. It wasn't the storage that made me switch, but those annoying ads. I almost love Gmail's small text ads compared to Yahoo's half page 640x480 ads. And GMail's Javascript is oh so nice..

Like the size matters? (5, Informative)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022536)

There's more to Gmail than the 1GB account limit. The sooner that Microsoft, Yahoo and everyone else realise this the better.

I've had a Hotmail account for almost 10 years now (way before Microsoft got it hands on it) and a Gmail account for just under a year too. In the last three years Hotmail has been going backwards, especially with regards to interoperability with browsers other than MSIE (every iteration has broken something or another) and core features. It's clear that Microsoft's strategy is to push people to pay for the premium Hotmail Plus service and to do that it's happy to let the free service atrophy to the minimum possible standards. Meanwhile, with Gmail the focus seems to be on providing as good a HTML-based email application as possible.

I haven't had as much experience of Yahoo's mail service (I've got an account, but only because one was created automatically when I wanted to use another of their services) but from what I've seen it's little different to Hotmail.

Gmail wins vs Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, etc in so many ways. The interface, the features (message threads, labels, etc) are just superior to what the competition has to offer and it's these reasons rather than the default account size that makes Gmail the best at what it does.

That's nothing (3, Funny)

joschm0 (858723) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022541)

AT&T worldnet just raised their email storage limit from 10Mb to 25Mb. Woohoo.

Size doesn't matter (3, Interesting)

jbarr (2233) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022542)

It's the functionality. To me, Gmail is more "stealthy" in its approach. It's just slick, fast, and doesn't force itself on me. "Labels" are truely innovative and implemented very well. "Search" is extremely flexible and useful. It is these features that help leverage the 1GB of storage into a really great tool.

Now, I admit that Yahoo does offer a very nice email service, and its features are very complete, but I simply cannot stand the ads. Gmail's unobtrusive ads are far better from a user's perspective.

Now, if Google would only fix their damned Forward function. If I receive a Rich Tect formatted or HTML formatted email, Gmail WILL NOT FORWARD IT without mangling the formatting (ie: it only forwards plain text.) This single problem prevents me from recommending Gmail to less-than-tech-savvy people, and unfortunatly, complaints and suggestions have fallen on deaf ears....

-Jim []

Re:Size doesn't matter (1)

alexandreracine (859693) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022599)

and unfortunatly, complaints and suggestions have fallen on deaf ears....
That's because they are busy playing all the time... Just look here [] !

Re:Size doesn't matter (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022635)

"Labels" are truely innovative

Well, they were when Eudora did it back in the 90s.

Livin' up the blurbs (1)

Himring (646324) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022563)

Instead of Yahoo Ups Mail to Match Google's Gig

Try Yahoo Ups Mail to Match Google's Giggle

Don't leave out Spymac! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022568)

Spymac ( has free 1 GB email accounts and free 100 MB online storage ala .Mac. Paying customers ($39.95 annual, I think) get 3 GB email accounts and 250 MB online storage. THere are other extras too that make them worth a look.

More space for porn (1)

michelcultivo (524114) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022580)

Now you can use your Yahoo account to store porn like that account you have on google to do it.

Sigh... (1)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022588)

Honestly, I have a Yahoo! email address, I guess, since I have a MyYahoo! page and everything, but there's no reason for me to use it. At this point I have over 7 email addresses (3 for work/business, 1 personal, 1 almuni .edu, 1 from my ISP, 1 GMail, plus more). Why would I need more? I have a friend of mine who has distinct online "personalities" (IM, email, perhaps even different Friendster/Myspace pages). She says she uses the other ones to spy/stalk others, or put people in different "buckets". That I know of, she has at least three. (Mind you, this might be necessary considering her circle of acquaintances, which is large).

Me? I'm happy with my gmail. I only use it as a utility to read/send emails that I get to my regular addresses. I don't need Yahoo or anything else, and until I got a Gmail invite, I didn't even have a webmail account anymore (as I had not logged into Hotmail for years).

But my issue with ALL email is that it is inherently not safe. You can lose domains, accounts with ISPs, even webmail services go down or go to pay. I guess that's one advantage of having like so many addresses, and it explains, why wildly inaccurate polls show almost half of /.ers having 5 email addresses or more [] .

Other poll of interest: I've had my current email address for... []

sbiTch (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022590)

worki8g on various violated. In the Are about 7700/5 is the worst off

IMAP (1)

at6500ft (17282) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022596)

The added storage is only good if they have an IMAP interface (free or not). I seriously doubt moving to 1GB will allow friends to send me 200MB Quicktime movies of their newborn trying to walk as an attachment

back up your porn for free. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022602)

why use dvd or cd media when you can now store that hidden porn collection in one of the many free email accounts.

A poker analogy taken too far... (1)

CHESTER COPPERPOT (864371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022627)

Hotmail is like Bret Maverick [] . A bumbling idiot on a boat ride.

Google is like Doc Holiday [] .. Knows what the opponents are thinking, skillful, fast and deadly.

Yahoo is like Gambit [] . Weird, flashy and should obtain a new get-up.

Competition is a great thing isn't it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022639)

I just wonder how much better our computers would be hadn't Microsoft managed to find a way to circumvent it by shutting down competitors instead of trying to provide a better product. No matter if you like Google or not, it has greatly improved our free e-mail experience, even if you don't use Gmail. I just wish those rumors about a GoogleOS would have been true :(

Re:Competition is a great thing isn't it? (3, Insightful)

Trolling4Columbine (679367) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022737)

What competition did Microsoft "shut down"? OS/2? BeOS?

I'm afraid those operating systems were halted by their own inadequacy. Microsoft won out simply because there was nothing better available. Now we have Linux, but Microsoft already had dominated teh market by the time Linux became a viable desktop OS.

more features (1)

mschoolbus (627182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022649)

If Google opens up a few more services (Calendar/scheduling!) I think users will flock to Google faster than they currently are.

I just don't know about the Google thin client idea...

Yeah! (1)

oliana (181649) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022654)

Now I can sort through a whole gig of spam!

In other news (1)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022658)

Maxtor, Seagate and Western Digital's stock prices rose $0.25 upon news of the announcement.

My account will go... (1)

c0ldfusi0n (736058) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022660)

to the first freemail provider who codes a XUL [] interface for its webmail. Meanwhile, i'll stick with my IMAP and POP3 accounts.

w00t! (1)

flumps (240328) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022666)

Well I got my account with btinternet, dropped off their dial up access, and effectively now get 1GB email for free!

Man do I feel like a satisfied customer!!


the spammers will still fill it up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022673)

a quick look on hotmail sees spammers are now sending 168k UTF8 encoded emails !

They don't get it... (1)

RabidAlpha (870111) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022683)

It seems that Yahoo is really missing the point. Its not a mail storage pissing contest to see who has the biggest drives that can service the most people. Rather, when Google unveiled their mail service, it was a very intuitive and inspired web based client that came with the added bonus of 1 gigabyte of storage. It also led to having a gmail account a status symbol, I still have other students and professors at my school clamoring for one. With the rest of the e-mail providers not understanding this, and just giving out increasing storage, it seems to me that they are doomed in the long run.

Gmail invite spooler (1)

bigsmoke (701591) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022767)

You should tell these professors and students about the Gmail invite spooler [] which currently holds over 500.000 invites for all poor slobs who don't have an account yet.

secret moves by Yahoo (1)

bikerguy99 (650704) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022685)

This Yahoo decision comes few days after Google's offer of 1 GB to its customers... I think Yahoo simply signes you up for Google account to increase the storage space but uses its crippled interface that gives you an impression that you are in fact using Yahoo... Well done!!!!

Hm (1)

Furik (863041) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022693)

My mom uses Yahoo! Mail for business purposes however shes a paid subscriber so if Yahoo! free mail upgrade to 1GB, the paid users should get something in return. As for me, there's no way i'll switch back to Yahoo. I am too happy with Gmail.

personal perspective (1)

harlemjoe (304815) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022694)

I switched to Gmail for the whole 1Gb thing, but have stuck with it (and now prefer it to my yahoo and other domain email addresses in thunderbird) because of the interface.

It's just so much more intuitive -- never again to I have to deal with the 'size' of emails -- and the whole archive/thread thing was a litte uncomfortable at first, but is now so natural.

So although I do have a yahoo! account, I don't think I'll be switching back anytime soon.

Unless of course, they decide to offer 10 Gb!

Oh, good. (0)

porkchop_d_clown (39923) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022715)

Now I can go a whole week without emptying my Yahoo mail spam folder.

Gmail's appeal isn't the massive storage. (1)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 9 years ago | (#12022764)

The massive storage is just the icing on the cake. Gmail's appeal comes from the fact that it's a fully featured e-mail client that you can use from any location. It's fast, it works, it's aesthetically pleasing, the "labels" system is/was innovative, and , of course, Google is just "cool." Yahoo! lost it's cool back around 96-97.

It would be nice to see real competition to Gmail, but if yahoo wants to play with the big boys, they need a MAJOR GUI overhaul. Not only on their e-mail client, but on their site as a whole. I would rather use Hotmail over Yahoo! Mail...Yahoo! is just that ugly...

Woohoo! Another Gig of spam!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12022770)

Woohoo! Another Gig of spam!!
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