Email – who doesn't use it? From the largest corporation to the smallest family, email has entered our lives and will probably be a fixture for some time to come. But have you ever considered the history of our digital communications staple? The infographic below illustrates the history and important milestones of email, from its humble beginnings in 1971.
Electronic mail, commonly known as email or e-mail, is a method of exchanging digital messages from an author to one or more recipients. Modern email operates across the Internet or other computer networks. Some early email systems required that the author and the recipient both be online at the same time, in common with instant messaging. Today's email systems are based on a store-and-forward model. Email servers accept, forward, deliver and store messages. Neither the users nor their computers are required to be online simultaneously; they need connect only briefly, typically to an email server, for as long as it takes to send or receive messages.