Evolution Of Email
Email has transformed the way we all interact - but how much do you really know about this omnipresent communication tool? You might be surprised to learn some of the ways it has affected technology, business and
culture over the decades. Take a journey with Microsoft Outlook through some key turning points in email's history, and join us as it continues to evolve.
- 1965: Email is introduced at MIT.
- 1971: Ray Tomlinson sends the first network email on ARPANET.
- 1977: A standard format (RFC 733) is proposed to enable sending email across the Internet.
- 1977: US Postal Service begins to see email as potential threat to mail volumes.
- 1982: First known use of the word, "email".
- 1982: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is introduced.
- 1988: The first commercial email product, Microsoft Mail is released for the Mac.
- 1989: CompuServe offers Internet connectivity and email service to its subscribers.
- 1989: IBM releases Lotus Notes 1.0.
- Early 1990's: Email spam begins.
- 1992: Microsoft Outlook for MS-DOS is released.
- 1993: AOL and Delphi connect their proprietary email systems to the Internet.
- 1993: BellSouth and IBM unveil Simon Personal Communicator, the world's first mobile phone with PDA features, including email capability.
- 1997: Microsoft Outlook 97 is released, offering a central hub that includes email, scheduling, contact management, contact management, task management and a journal module.
- 1997: Yahoo! introduces Yahoo! Mail.
- 1998: "You've Got Mail" premieres at the box office.
- 1998: Microsoft Outlook 2000 includes the ability to customize and incorporate personal, corporate and web-based information in one place.
- Late 1990's: HTML email is introduced, allowing for rich formatting within messages.
- 2000: Microsoft introduces Entourage mail for Mac.
- 2003: Microsoft Outlook 2003 includes junk mail and anti-phishing filters and the ability to receive mail from multiple accounts.
- 2004: The Federal Trade Commission codifies email spam laws.
- 2006: Outlook 2007 is released, with native support for RSS feeds and the ability to receive text messages.
- 2006: Social networking site Facebook opens to the general public.
- 2010: Microsoft Outlook 2010 is released and includes Outlook Social Connector, Ignore Conversation and Conversation Clean Up.
- 2010: Outlook Mobile on Windows Phone 7 and Outlook for Mac 2011 are released.
- 2010: Facebook announces plans to incorporate Microsoft Office Web Apps into its messaging system.
- 2011: Associated Press Stylebook changes "e-mail" to "email".
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