Good news for Gmail users! Google increased the website’s free email storage to 10GB. They also unveiled their Google Drive service today, a cloud storage service that enables users to store and share files. Users will receive 5GB of storage for free.
Gmail started out back in 2004 with 1 GB free storage. Over time, they increased that number to 7.5GB and most recently to 1oGB. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) still has yet to formally announce the news and many users still have seen the changes take effect yet.
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For many Gmail users, particularly those who utilize their email frequently, this news is more than welcomed. Darren Murph from Engadget reported that a few of the editors at Engadget headquarters purchased an extra 20GB storage some years ago and now they have 25GB. This means that users who purchased extra storage should see a nice increase in storage!
Yahoo and AOL offer unlimited email storage, so in comparison, Gmail’s increase is rather non-relevant. And although many people still use email to communicate for personal and business means, there is a growing number of young people who forgo email in favor of social media websites like Facebook and text messaging.
When you pair this expansion up with Google Drive(which boasts 5GB of storage for free), this news is quite exciting.
Gmail’s storage increase is a nice touch and a lot of people should take advantage of this expansion. I know I will. If you create two separate Google accounts(one for business, one for personal), you’ll be able to maximize all of Google’s storage benefits for free.
In my opinion, email should always be free and unlimited. And while Gmail’s email storage limit of 7.5GB was more than enough for some, it was in great need of expansion. I still hope that one day, Google realizes that free unlimited email is in demand and offer it for all users.