By Vamien McKalin | Nov 28, 2012 10:31 AM EST
Gmail users would be aware that sending huge files via the service is not possible since Google has a 25MB size limit. However, that is no longer the case as Google has bumped up the file size limit to 10GB.
What Google has done is not particularly new, Microsoft has been doing a similar thing with its Outlook.com/Hotmail service for quite a long time, but the size limit pales in comparison to what Google has brought to the table.
On Nov. 27, Google announced on its blog that it has increased the Gmail file attachment limit from 25MB to a massive 10GB, which is 400 times the original limit. To accomplish this, Google had to bring its Google Drive service into the equation, the same move Microsoft did with Outlook.com when it allowed for users to send up to 300MB worth of files via SkyDrive.
"Have you ever tried to attach a file to an email only to find out it's too large to send? Now with Drive, you can insert files up to 10GB -- 400 times larger than what you can send as a traditional attachment. Also, because you're sending a file stored in the cloud, all your recipients will have access to the same, most-up-to-date version," noted Google's blog post. "Like a smart assistant, Gmail will also double-check that your recipients all have access to any files you're sending. This works like Gmail's forgotten attachment detector: whenever you send a file from Drive that isn't shared with everyone, you'll be prompted with the option to change the file's sharing settings without leaving your email. It'll even work with Drive links pasted directly into emails."
This move is likely a ploy to get users to use Google Drive a lot more than they are currently doing, which could just work. Usually when it comes to sharing huge files, many computer users were forced to use shady file sharing websites that could be ridden with malware and all sorts of dangerous computer viruses.
With Google being a world renowned web presence, many users may find it easier to trust using Google over other alternatives.
Microsoft has just lost one of the things that made Outlook and SkyDrive so precious, the company will now have to push more to convince users that they should use Outlook and SkyDrive instead of Google. The easiest way to accomplish this is to bump the size limit from that 300MB limit, a move it has no choice but to do.