Big companies are not only currently competing with each other in the search engine niche but also when it comes to webmail. It's actually the same three companies - that is Yahoo, Microsoft and Google - that provide both search engine and web mail services. One of the latest areas of interest for web mail providers is the attachment size race. Google Mail recently raised the maximum attachment size for Gmail users to 20 Megabytes which was shortly thereafter matched by Yahoo Mail.
Yahoo Mail today announced the integration of the Drop.io service as an application into Yahoo Mail. Drop.io is a file hosting service on the Internet that can be used to upload and share files on the Internet.
The Yahoo Mail solution adds a one-click option to upload attachments with a size of up to 100 Megabytes. Users who receive emails with attachments that have been uploaded this way will see a link that is pointing to the uploaded files. Recipients have then options to view online or download the attachments to their computer system.
Yahoo Mail users who do not see Applications in the left sidebar need to visit the Yahoo Mail Applications page to enable them. The Attach Large Files is then available from the applications menu. The feature makes it a bit easier and more comfortable for users to share larger files although this method can be easily replicated manually by users who use different online email services like Gmail.
Update: It seems that the feature has been pulled again from Yahoo Mail. The application page is no longer available, and while the applications page lists an attachments app, it only lists the attachments received in the past and does not provide you with options to use the Drop.io service to send large attachments via Yahoo Mail.
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