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Yahoo Mail gets Dropbox support to handle large attachments

Attaching large files to an e-mail used to be a hassle, but e-mail providers like Yahoo are now tapping into cloud storage services

Attaching large files to an e-mail used to be a major hassle, but e-mail providers are now tapping into cloud storage services to make it easier.

Yahoo Mail is the latest service to get in on the action with Dropbox support.

Starting today, Yahoo Mail users can add files directly from Dropbox, allowing attachments to exceed Yahoo's 25MB size limit. Users can also save attachments directly to their Dropbox accounts, which could come in handy when using a public computer.

The built-in Dropbox file chooser has a couple other useful features: It includes a quick link to the Photos folder, as well as a search option. Users can also upload files to Dropbox without leaving Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo Mail isn't the first service to integrate cloud storage. Gmail now allows attachments directly from Google Drive, and Microsoft's Outlook automatically uses SkyDrive to attach large files and Office documents. (This is enabled by default, but can be adjusted by going to Settings > Attachments.)

In practice, these features aren't much different than uploading a file to cloud storage, then sharing the link in the body of an e-mail, but it does save a couple of extra steps--as long as you already use the particular cloud storage service that your e-mail provider supports.

It's unlikely that Gmail will integrate SkyDrive, or that Outlook will integrate Google Drive anytime soon.

As for Dropbox, the company has shown an interest in e-mail lately. Last month, Dropbox acquired Mailbox, a much buzzed-about iOS app that aims to make e-mail management easier. Dropbox has vowed to keep building the app, and eventual cloud storage integration seems like a given.

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