How large is your Hotmail storage size exactly?

By LiveSide | In News | Posted July 20, 2009 8 comments

As part of the new Wave 3 update, Windows Live Hotmail was announced back in 2008 to have “ever increasing storage” – according to the mailbox size at the end of each month. Some call it “unlimited storage”, but Microsoft had been careful to not use this phrase. Our friend PicturePan2 from noticed that the current maximum mailbox size for Hotmail is 500GB, and this includes email accounts as part of Windows Live Admin Center, Office Live, and MSN Premium. Want some proof? Here are some screenshots from PP2:

1. First up is a screenshot from the good old MSN Explorer, where you’re able to check your inbox folder sizes. Note where it reads Max: 512000MB (translates to 500GB)

Hotmail Inbox from MSN Explorer

2. Secondly we have a screenshot 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:

Office Outlook Connector

We recall that Hotmail’s storage space will be “ever-increasing as required at the end of each month, subject to abuse control.” It is said that you will receive an automatic alert when your mailbox is rapidly reaching the limit before the end of month, asking you to “slow down”. However, personally I have not yet heard of anyone who are close to reaching this limit, so it is not yet known what will happen when you do reach 500GB. After all, 500GB should be plenty of space for most people out there!

Posted July 20th, 2009 at 4:53 am
Category: News
Tags: Hotmail, Windows Live
  • jlengomin

    500GB?! I said goddamn that’s a lot of space!

  • John OBrien

    From the outlook connector under server status it also says “807.4MB of 500GB”. I guess I have a long way to go ;)

  • brentgv

    I’m pretty sure that in MSFT speak “ever increasing storage” = “here’s 500GB now leave us the F alone!” :)

  • Edgar J.

    Thats bigger than my HDD.


    Maybe if it let me back up music and videos, it wouldn’t be enough. I’m never going to make a real impact on 500GB with emails and other documents.

  • Alber1690

    Wow, I never thought to see a mention of MSN Premium ever again…

  • quikboy

    That’s amazing! However, I doubt most people will ever reach 500GB, let alone 10GB.

    I only use approximately 1% of my 5GB inbox in WLH. How? Most of my e-mails compose of notifications and such from other sites, so I just delete those. It’s that easy.

    I wish we could have more choice in where we want extra storage, like I could use it for my SkyDrive instead.

  • lord_canti86

    LOL MSN Explorer