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There are some hard choices in life (To ask/not ask that girl out? Which mortgage plan to get? Chocolate/crisps?) and then there are some easy ones (Firefox over IE, Google over Hotmail). With this in mind, I bring you good news: Google just doubled the capacity of its free email service.

What this translates to is a massive two gigabytes of space for all Gmail users. The changes will not be immediate, however, with the web search maestro adding the extra storage incrementally. In reality, what this means is one day you will see 1000MB displayed at the bottom of your account, the next it might say 1200MB, then 1350MB. As you can see from the screenshot below, this sample account is already up to 1398MB.



In all, this approach makes a lot of sense given the problems Microsoft had when it began increasing the size of Hotmail last year. Some would argue it still hasn’t ironed them all out yet…

It is funny to think just a few years back we were living off 1MB and 2MB accounts and (attachments aside) we seemed to cope just fine, but the way we now use email is changing. It is not so much a “Mail Box” as it was promoted in the past, instead more of a filing system which we use to store hundreds, even thousands, of emails that record our correspondence over years.

The argument could be made that we should spring clean a little more and keep our inboxes down to a more manageable size, but the same point has been made about hard drives in the past and who wants to go back to 500MB and 2GB HDDs? Besides, with the ever falling price of storage and the improving Search Utilities for the badly organised among us (led by none other than Google itself), that’s never going to happen.

In related news, Yahoo has also upped its free mail accounts from 250MB to 1GB which - at the very least - suggests a certain Redmond based giant should step into line...

Update:
Seems like Google is moving pretty fast on its "incremental" capacity increases. It claims the changes will be different for each customer but, since this morning, the sample account we took a snap shot of has already jumped to 2057MB (below). Which to our minds is darn quick!



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