While I expected computer data storage, and thus mail storage, to continue to expand, I didn’t think the next leap was going to be to unlimited storage. Yet, apparently Yahoo is making that move for all users.
While this is cool, I wonder if storage is a huge competitive difference with the major mail services already offering 2+ GB of storage? If you’re a solid Gmail user, would you leave for Yahoo Mail due to the storage? Techcrunch has an analysis on if this makes Yahoo Mail the best product.
There’s a great historical quote from David Nakayama, the Yahoo group vice president of engineering:
â€œI remember getting in a room to plan our RocketMail launch over a decade ago and worrying that our original plan of a 2MB quota wasnâ€™t enough, and that we needed to be radical and DOUBLE the storage to 4MB per account! Itâ€™s ironic that I routinely send and receive individual mail attachments bigger than that now. Our total capacity for mail accounts back then was 200GB for all of our customers. At Yahoo!, weâ€™re now receiving more inbound mail than that every 10 minutes.â€