Thursday, June 24, 2004

Like a herd of sheep

It's quite amusing how one company does something and then they all follow suit. In this example, storage capacity for wed based email accounts. First Google introducing Gmail, so Yahoo! increases its offering and releases a new design & now last but not least Hotmail - again more storage, as well as AV scanning and disinfection.

It can only be good they all follow each other like sheep, it's better for the users, well in most cases. Now, what would happen if one provider decided to downgrade accounts? I'd like to think they would not all follow suit in that situation.

What is MS going to be offereing then? Well, read the announcement below:

"Upgrade announcement for ALL MSN Hotmail customers June 24th, 2004.
We are delighted to announce that MSN® Hotmail®, the world’s most popular free Web-based e-mail service, will be undergoing a major upgrade starting in early July. We will be introducing free e-mail anti-virus protection to all the 170 million MSN Hotmail customers worldwide, making MSN Hotmail the only free global e-mail service to both scan and clean incoming and outgoing e-mail for viruses and worms before they can enter your inbox.

All MSN Hotmail customers have, or will be receiving, a service update email detailing the new and exciting changes. Further updates will be sent over the next few weeks so keep an eye on your inbox.

Later this summer, all free MSN Hotmail accounts will receive 125 times their current e-mail storage with the introduction of 250MB inboxes, and have the ability to send attachments up to 10 MB. This is in addition to the new scanning and cleaning of incoming and outgoing e-mail for viruses and worms. MSN Hotmail customers will also receive MSN Calendar free, enabling both individual and shared diaries.

MSN Extra Storage to be upgraded to MSN Hotmail Plus
All current MSN Hotmail Extra Storage subscribers will be upgraded to our new premium web service, MSN Hotmail Plus due to launch later this summer.

MSN Hotmail Plus will be priced at £14.99* and will provide 2 GB of online storage for email and the ability to send 20MB attachments, as well as additional offline storage limited only by the size of your computer’s hard drive. MSN Hotmail Plus subscribers will also receive additional benefits, including a more streamlined Web e-mail experience with no graphical adverts and no account expiration.

For customers who need more storage for their Hotmail account in the weeks leading to upgrade then our MSN Extra Storage services will remain on sale until MSN Hotmail Plus is launched. However, we would recommend subscribing to the MSN Extra Storage 10MB at £14.99 service as this will be automatically upgraded to the MSN Hotmail Plus service and is also priced at £14.99 per year.

MSN Premium and MSN Plus upgrades
MSN Premium and MSN Plus subscribers will also receive 2 GB of online storage for email and the ability to send 20MB attachments. Click here for more.

We hope you find these upgrades exciting and continue to enjoy using MSN Hotmail and our premium web services subscriptions.

* You must agree to the MSN Subscription Agreement to access the service. For users of Windows® 98 or later operating systems only. Additional terms may apply."

250MB is quite an increase over the current 2MB and will be more than enough for most people. I find that I have to delete emails with attachements quite a lot at the moment but once the 250MB is introduced it should no longer be a problem.

Some better anti-spam filtering would be good or at least something which allows for more user interaction like Yahoo! does. As for the storage increase at least, well done to Hotmail as well. There have been other instances of companies following like sheep recently as well, I'm sure there will be more to come too!

Post ID: 420, posted by jase at 05:51 PM
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