In a rather surprising move, Yahoo recently announced that they have upped the maximum attachment size to 100MB. That by itself might not be very exciting. I personally hate people who email large attachments since email was never intended as a file transfer method. That brings me to why Yahoo’s announcement is noteworthy.
Instead of simply increasing the allowed attachment size, Yahoo teamed up with drop.io. By integrating drop.io’s API into Yahoo Mail, we got a much more intelligent type of attachement system. When sending a message, a link to the attachment is sent instead of the actual attachment. That means a much leaner and happier mailbox.
There are of course drawbacks with this approach (eg. security), but it is still one of the more innovative moves we’ve seen from the big three (Gmail, Live/Hotmail, Yahoo) in a while.
With this innovation Yahoo shows that they are still putting resources into improving their mail client. Perhaps we all counted them out too fast when Gmail took us by storm. Also, worth noting is that Yahoo also offers unlimited storage.