When Windows Live Hotmail was announced back in 2008, as a part of the Wave 3 update, it was advertised to have “ever increasing storage” – according to the mailbox size at the end of each month, similar to the ever increasing inbox of GMail. However, unlike GMail, Windows Live Mail doesn’t reveal the exact size. The basic Hotmail account comes with 5 GB space minimum, and it grows monthly at rate known only to Microsoft.
Now according to a report published by Liveside.net the current maximum mailbox size for Hotmail is limited to 500GB, and this includes email accounts as part of Windows Live Admin Center, Office Live, and MSN Premium. Here are two screenshots.
The first one is from MSN Explorer, where you’re able to check your inbox folder sizes. Note where it reads Max: 512000MB (translates to 500GB)
The second screen grab is from Office Outlook Connector, where it shows you the size of your Hotmail mailbox as well. Another proof of 500GB here in the new Outlook 2010 Backstage view.
It is said that a user receives an automatic alert when their mailbox is rapidly reaching the limit before the end of month, asking them to “slow down”. I sincerely doubt whether anybody has ever received such an email, after all 500 GB is HUGE for a mailbox. Even if somebody did start to use that much space, their accounts are most likely to be terminated for abuse. At least Yahoo does it. So much for unlimited storage!