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Yahoo and Dropbox put an end to file size restrictions

Users can now access Dropbox from within YahooMail, add files from Dropbox to emails

Technology trends and news by Steven Loeb
April 2, 2013
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While I use Gmail in my professional life, when it comes to my personal e-mail I tend to use YahooMail. There are many reasons for this, but ultimately it comes down to personal preference. I will say, though, that there is one thing that really does irk me: the attached file size limit, which is 25 megabytes on Yahoo (Gmail is no better, giving the same amount of space). That means that if I have a really big file I need to send, like a video or a list of songs, it can sometimes feel impossible trying to get it to over.

But aggravating file size limits should longer be as much of an issue, at least not for Yahoo Mail users, now that Yahoo and Dropbox have entered into a new partnership, which was revealed Tuesday.

For those using Yahoo Mail in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish, they will able to access their Dropbox from right inside their inbox and will be able to add files from Dropbox to any email message. They will also be allowed to save attachments back to Dropbox.

"Starting today, Dropbox is available within Yahoo! Mail. This integration allows you to share and store files more easily, whether they are vacation photos or important documents like tax returns and research papers. And, because files can be stored in your Dropbox account online, it's easy to find the files you want even when you are away from your desktop," David McDowell, Senior Director of Product Management at Yahoo Mail, wrote.

On its blog, Dropbox noted the problem many people have with coming up against file size restrictions, and how this new partnership will help alleviate the problem.

"Email attachments can be tricky: they’ve got file size limits, you can’t keep them updated, and when you add people to a thread, attachments are the first to get left behind," the company wrote.

"Since this integration is Dropbox-powered, you can even send that big album of vacation pics without worrying about the 25 MB file limit. Plus, it’s easy to save any photo, video, or doc in your Yahoo! Mail straight to your Dropbox, where you can get to it from anywhere."

Dropbox, which was founded in 2007, is a file-hosting service that uses cloud storage technology to allow users to share files and folders. The San Francisco-based company has over 100 million users across every continent.

The company has raised a total of $257 million, most recently raising a $250 Series B in October 2011, led by Index Ventures, with Benchmark Capital, Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, RIT Capital Partners and Valiant Capital Partners also investing.

Yahoo recently redesigned YahooMail for Web, Windows 8, iPhone and Android, to make it faster and less cumbersome.

"We’ve redesigned the new version of Yahoo! Mail with speed in mind -- getting through your emails is faster than ever before. We’ve also made your inbox more intuitive and easier to navigate, allowing you to focus on what matters most: your messages. And, because mobile is everything these days, Yahoo! Mail now has a consistent look and feel across devices," Yahoo wrote at the time.

(Image source: http://ycorpblog.com)


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