Yahoo! Mail to leapfrog Gmail and Live Mail

Yahoo! is upping the ante when it comes to email storage online. The company has announced that it will begin providing Yahoo! Mail users with unlimited email storage.

The announcement of the unlimited email storage will closely follow the 10-year anniversary of Yahoo! Mail. When Yahoo! Mail launched nearly 10 years ago the original storage capacity for accounts was a mere 4MB.

"I remember getting in a room to plan our RocketMail launch over a decade ago and worrying that our original plan of a 2MB quota wasn’t enough, and that we needed to be radical and DOUBLE the storage to 4MB per account," said Yahoo! Mail's John Kremer. "It’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!, we’re now receiving more inbound mail than that every 10 minutes."

Over the years, Yahoo! Mail has steadily increased storage capacity for its users. Users with free accounts got a bump to 100MB in 2004 and an even larger boost to 1GB in 2005.

Yahoo! Mail is currently the world's largest provider of email accounts. Yahoo! Mail has over 250 million global users, but Microsoft is closing in fast with over 228 million Live Mail users. Gmail is a distant third with 51 million users.

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