Gmail Users Can Now Send Huge Attachments

by Christopher Freeburn | November 29, 2012 12:07 pm

[1]Google (NASDAQ:GOOG[2]) is rolling out a service that permits users to email files as large as 10 gigabytes (GB) in size[3].

The service, part of Google Drive, uses cloud-based storage to hold files sent by email, meaning that an updated version of the file will remains available to all users, CNN notes.

With a 10GB limit, Google Drive users will be able to email large audio and video files, probably including home movies and music libraries. Most email services limited file attachments to about 25 megabytes.

Google Docs had previously permitted the exchange and sharing of very large files among users, but Google Drive works within Google’s popular Gmail service. Last month, Gmail eclipsed Microsoft‘s (NASDAQ:MSFT[4]) Hotmail to become the world’s most used email service[5].

The enhanced file capability will become accessible to users who have installed Gmail’s “Compose” feature within several days.

Subscribers to Google Drive receive 5GB of data store at no cost, but will pay $2.49 for every 25GB increment over that. The service was launched in April[6].

Shares of Google rose fractionally in Thursday morning trading.

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