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The history of email

The history of email goes back to 1965 when the Internet itself has not been even launched. A time-sharing computer made the electronic mail sharing possible for users. In those days the network was able to connect only a limited number of computers, but it was enough to lay the foundation of technological development.

The breakthrough happened in 1971 when a man, Ray Tomlison sent the first email across the network. Only 6 hours later he created the first mail system too. The content of the first message may have been the letter string ‘QWERTYUIOP’ but Ray didn’t remember exactly. The bigger challenge was the creation of the email address. There was a text that identified the user and another one for the computer, and a separation between them that has been used neither in the user’s name nor in the computers name. So @ was created as a separation.

Let’s travel through time to the late 1990s. The first web-based email service appeared in 1996, it was nothing else, then Hotmail. By 1997 they were really successful, so this year inspired by the success Yahoo! Mail launched. It took 3 months for 3 programmers to create a fast and reliable mail system, the Freemail. A crowd started to use the new service, so developing the initial 2 MB inbox capacity became crucial. With the development of electronic mailing, the so called spams appeared. The first spam was sent by Gary Thuerk back in 1978. In those days it provoked indignation, nowadays it is natural that we get tons of spams in a day.

2004 was the year when sending spams and operating a spam network has been officially declared as a crime. Gmail launched the next year as a pioneer of its time. The invitation based mail system soon started to compete with the service of Hotmail and Yahoo! The starting capacity was unimaginably big, 1 GB. Nowadays after the registration, the users get 15 times more capacity.

Around 2010 the innovation of electronic mailing started to evolve, this is cloud-based emailing. At that time the daily email turnover of the word included billions of emails. Companies need bigger hardware capacity, which means a great growth in expenses. Such businesses leaders would rather use a reliable and cheaper, monthly fee based mail service, than investing a lot of money into hardware equipment’s. Google recognized this opportunity too. They started the (cloud-based) Drive service with a limited storage capacity, connected to Gmail.

Nowadays most of the companies started to recognize the importance of business mailing. Practically it is frequently responsible for the inner structure and the financial status of the business. There is a competition on the market now, and the aim is to find the best mail software’s.

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