CNN is reporting that Hotmail will be increasing its memory for free account holders from 2 megabytes to 250 megabytes beginning in July. Why the big change? Competition. Google is preparing to launch G-Mail, a free service that will provide 1 gigabyte of free storage. Thanks to a technologically savvy friend, I am actually a beta tester of G-Mail. In addition to the added memory, it uses google search technology to allow you to search through sent and received emails.
In addition, Yahoo! has upped their email accounts to 100MB.
In addition to the added memory, it uses google search technology to allow you to search through sent and received emails.
It does something else, too. It "mines" the content of your email and then presents you with text-based ads generated as a product of what it discovered. 1GB of free storage in exchange for yet another infringement on my privacy? No thanks.
Im a bit of a Luddite (well, maybe not much of one since Im using this computer), so now I think I have even more worthless space that I dont need. I may even go back to letter writing. Does anyone know if Jeffersons desk is for sale?
Anyone have any opinions on the Google IPO?