Yahoo Integrates Email With Cloud-Based Dropbox
April 3, 2013

Yahoo Integrates Email With Cloud-Based Dropbox

Peter Suciu for — Your Universe Online

Size matters a lot, at least when it involves sending large emails. As photos, videos and other files have continued to increase in size this can make the sharing of those files via email all the more difficult.

However, Yahoo! on Tuesday announced that it had integrated its Yahoo! Mail service with the cloud based storage platform Dropbox. This will allow users to send and receive attachments of virtual any size and save those attachments via Dropbox.

“If you already use Dropbox, you can get started right away. If you´re new to Dropbox, simply click on any attachment you receive in Yahoo! Mail, select ℠Save all to´, then ℠Save to Dropbox´, then follow the instructions to set up a new Dropbox account,” Yahoo´s Gaurav Mishra, director of product management for Yahoo Mail said in a post on the company´s Mail Blog site.

To save one or more files users simply need to open the attachment in their Yahoo! Mail account and click the option “Save to Dropbox.”

This is the latest in Yahoo´s efforts in product improvement since CEO Marissa Mayer took the helm last year. Since Mayer´s arrival, Yahoo! Mail, Flickr and even the Yahoo! homepage have all gotten more attention, notably on the mobile front.

Prior to this partnership with Dropbox Yahoo! wasn´t seen as measuring up to the competition — at least in terms of the size limit that users could send. While Yahoo! still reportedly leads the United States email market with a 40 percent share of email users, Google is close behind with nearly 37 percent, while Microsoft´s Hotmail accounts for 19 percent.

Most users probably never need to send massively large files via email, but all of these services have typically topped out at the 25MB file size. After that users have had to rely on FTP and other methods to send files.

Google and Microsoft have also partnered up their respective email services with cloud based storage capabilities. Those using Google can already send files as large as 10GB via the Google Drive cloud-based service, while Microsoft Hotmail now allows users to send files up to 300MB via its Skydrive cloud service.

In its own blog post Dropbox noted that large files can be burdensome for some users.

“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,” Dropbox said in its blog. “The Yahoo! Mail team decided to fix this–by integrating with Dropbox! Starting later today, if you´re using a Yahoo! Mail account in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish, you´ll be able to access your Dropbox from right inside your inbox. You can add stuff from Dropbox to any email message and save attachments back to Dropbox, too.”

Dropbox was founded by MIT students Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi as a Y Combinator start-up company, and it provides client software for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS and also offers web browser support.