John Kremer, vice president, Yahoo! Mail on the occassion of Yahoo! Mail’s 10th anniversary! has announced that — From May 2007, it’ll begin offering everyone unlimited email storage space.
David Nakayama, group vice president of engineering and the developer of RocketMail, one of the world’s first webmail products, which Yahoo! acquired and relaunched as Yahoo! Mail in 1997 reminisced —“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! 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.”
When Yahoo! Mail launched 10 years ago, users got a whopping 4MB of storage for their entire mailbox. Today, you would fill that up with a single picture from your weekend.
A quick snapshot of Yahoo! Mail’s storage capacity:
- 1997: Yahoo! Mail launches with 4MB of storage
- 2004/2005: Yahoo! Mail upgrades in 2004 to 100MB of storage, followed by a jump to 1GB in 2005
- 2007: Yahoo! Mail announces unlimited email storage
Source: Yodel AnecdotalYahoo!, Yahoo! Mail, Mail, Unlimited, Storage, Rocket Mail