Webmail or web e-mail services are very popular amongst users because they are easily accessible and free to use. The top players in today’s webmail market are Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Windows Live Hotmail and AOL. Gmail revolutionized webmail when it was publicly released in 2007 and offered 1 GB of storage capacity when its competitors at that time only provide 2-4 MB. Since then, these webmail providers have been constantly coming up with new features to try to keep or increase its share of the market.
One of the problems with using webmail is that users are limited to sending 10-20 MB attachments. To address that issue, Gmail recently upped its file attachment size maximum to 25 MB.
Just a few days ago, Yahoo! Mail came up with its answer. With the integration of Drop.io service, Yahoo! Mail users can now send e-mail attachments of up to 100 MB.
If you have a Yahoo! Mail account and would want to try it out, first you need to login to your account then check the left sidebar and see if you have Applications. If you don’t, you’ll have to visit the Yahoo! Mail Apps page to enable it. After you enable it, you should see it on the sidebar.
Click on Attach Large Files.
Since you’ll be using it for the first time, it will ask you if you want to allow the app to have access to your Yahoo! Mail account and info. Click on Allow and it will open up a new tab entitled Attach Large Files.
To start using the Drop.io app/service, click on Get Started Now.
To start send or attach a file, click on Select Files, browse and select any file/s from your computer.
After you select a file/s, you can proceed on uploading the files and sending your email.
Although I use Gmail as my primary email account, I still keep a Yahoo! Mail account for other stuff so this new feature is a welcome addition and I’m sure a lot of Yahoo! Mail users would be pleased with this. I won’t be surprised if Gmail would increase its file attachment size limit soon. Aside from the Drop.io service, there are other useful apps available like Flickr and PayPal which I haven’t tried yet.
Anyone else tried these new Yahoo! Mail feature? What apps are you using or have tried on Yahoo! Mail? What other apps or services would you like to see added on Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or other webmail?