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Email. We all use it.  Whether you use it on a daily basis or only occasionally, it can’t be denied that electronic mail has transformed the way we live our lives. Businesses have been transformed, families have been brought closer together, and the lowly snail mail letter, which can take days to reach its destination, is no longer preferred when an email can reach its sender in seconds.

But email, like everything else in life, has constantly evolved since the first email was sent over ARPANET in 1971. No longer are we restricted to what Microsoft offers. Today we have a wide variety of choices including the ever popular Gmail. Instead of only having the paid Outlook for desktop emails, you can also choose from free and open source alternatives such as Thunderbird. But email is perhaps now under threat from the rise of other forms of popular communication such as social networks and SMS text messaging.

Below is an infographic, produced by Microsoft, which shows the Evolution Of Email.

Let us know what you think of it and if there is another email fact not shown below. Where do you see email heading in the future? Can it fight off the likes of Facebook and Twitter? Or is its days numbered?

  1. Robert Croto
    September 8, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    who was the first smammer

  2. Salamandra
    May 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    hmmm.... not the makeuseof I subscribed to.  What do I do with this article? You're asking your readers for conclusions, I'm used to you telling me how to 'make use of' things.  :-(

    • Tina
      June 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      We're merely interested in your opinion! Discussions are a way for us to get to know our readers. This way we can provide even better articles and tell you how to 'make use of' things in the future.

      By the way, it's not really an article, it's an infographic. :)

  3. H. Pike Oliver
    May 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    The designer of this graphic should review of few books by Edward Tufte.  In addition, the graphic omits early services that were available to the public such as Delphi which came online in 1982. 

  4. Chris Poterala
    May 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm

     Nice Microsoft ad.  Does anyone consider Entourage for the Mac being worthy of showing up on a timeline?  No mention of Pine....fail.

  5. OMG Eureka
    May 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Check out another infographic related to the Evolution of Email, which contains some interesting facts as well : http://omgeureka.blogspot.com/...

  6. David Newman
    May 18, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Lousy infographic. Timelines should contain items that are in temporal order, but this one doesn't. For example, it has items labelled 1982 and 1988 in between two items labelled 1989 That's misleading and unnecessary. Also, it appears to me that the icons attached to each item are meaningless and convey no additional information.

    • Matt
      May 18, 2011 at 1:22 am

      Exactly! Thank-You David.

  7. Anonymous
    May 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    2015 - e-mail is obsoleted by single sign-on and persistent conversations.

  8. Anupkayastha
    May 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Nice infographics! I summarized how fast it been grown! how fast it been grown!

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