You can bet that every tiny bit of new information about Google or one of their services will make headline news in a matter of minutes after it was discovered or announced. This time it was the announcement that the maximum attachment size for emails on Gmail has been raised to 20 Megabytes.
While a 100% increase may seem nice it raises some questions about the usefulness of such an increase. Many mail servers will not accept emails of that size and bounce them back. It should also be noted that emails were never supposed to be used for large file transfers in the first place.
FTP and HTTP servers are the usual way of storing and offering files. I can only speak for myself but I would be very annoyed if I would find out that someone was sending me a 20 Megabyte attachment to my Gmail account. (or from his gmail account to one of my other accounts)
I don't think that many users will notice the increase in first place and even less will really use it. It might be nice for sending someone high-res images for instance but that's about it.
What is your stance in the matter?
Update: The situation has changed quite a bit ever since the increase of the attachment size to 20 Megabyte. Some providers, like Hotmail for instance, are now making use of cloud based storage solutions to provide their users with a way around the attachment size limit.
It basically stores the attachments in the cloud, and replaces the attachments in the emails with links pointing to the cloud storage. This makes it possible to send much larger files to email recipients without emails bouncing from the receiving server due to size limitations. You can read more about the new feature here.
Update 2: The current attachment size limit is 25 Megabytes on Gmail. However, you can use Google Drive to make available larger files to recipients. Gmail basically enables you to attach any Google Drive file link to emails so that recipients can download those files from your Google Drive storage instead.
You can upload new files to Google Drive of course so that you can add them to attachments this way.Advertisement
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