Size is everything in the world of email attachments and with a limit of just 25MB, Yahoo! wasn't measuring up - until now.
The would-be ad giant has belatedly dropped its size limit with the announcement of a partnership with Dropbox which will allow users to attach huge files to their emails.
Both Google and Microsoft have already partnered their email services with cloud storage capabilities. Anyone using Gmail can already send files as large as 10GB using Google Drive, while Microsoft Hotmail fans can send files of up to 300MB in size using Skydrive.
Yahoo leads the the US email market with a 40% share of email users, compared to 36.7% using Gmail and 18.9% using Hotmail. Until now they just haven't been able to break that troublesome 25MB file size limit.
Starting from today, Yahoo! users can use their existing Dropbox accounts or sign up for new ones if they speak English, French, Spanish, German or Italian.
In a blog post, David McDowell, Senior Director of Product Management at Yahoo! Mail wrote:
"As we've said before, we're focused on making Yahoo! Mail easy. The way we see it, you should be able to go into your inbox, do what you need to do and move on with your day. That’s why we're excited to announce a new partnership with Dropbox that makes it easier to send, receive and manage attachments in Yahoo! Mail."
According to the people who devised it, the new partnership will revolutionise email for Yahoo! lovers. In a blog post, Dropbox wrote:
"You can add stuff from Dropbox to any e-mail message and save attachments back to Dropbox, too. Since this integration is Dropbox-powered, you can even send that big album of vacation pics without worrying about the 25MB file limit." ®