History of electronic mail

  • Inventor

    Ray Tomlinson, a computer scientist in Massachusetts, wrote a computer program that let people to send e-mails.

    MAIL& MLFL were added to FTP program to provide standard network transport capabilites for email transmission.
  • The @ symbol is invented.

    The @ symbol is invented.
    The @ symbol is invented by Ray Tomlinson.
  • UNIX operating system

    UNIX operating system
    The DARPA program manager Steve Walker intiated a project at RAND to develop an MSG email capability for the UNIX operating system.
  • First university to offer email

    First university to offer email
    SFU was among the first universities to offer email as a general service to faculty, staff, & students using the message command on the MTS mainframe system.
  • Alanet

    The American Library Association will inaugurate Alanet, a new electronic & information service.
  • How email got popular.

    How email got popular.
    Steve Dorner invents an Education application that gave a popular face to email by providing a graphical user interface for email management.
  • The first email realease on Lotus Notes.

    The first email realease on Lotus Notes.
    The first release of Lotus Notes email software. 35,000 copies are sold in the first year.
  • Third email release

    Third email release
    Microsoft releases Internet Mail &News 1.0, a feature of its third release of Internet Explorer. Later renamed outlook.
  • Email world wide

    Email world wide
    About 10 million users world wide have free web mail accounts.
  • Microsoft over Hotmail

    Microsoft over Hotmail
    Microsoft buys over Hotmail $400m.
  • Email's 30th anniversary

    Email's 30th anniversary
    Email celebrates its 30th anniversary with virtually every business in the developed world signed on.
  • Spam Legislation Law

    Spam Legislation Law
    Congress had considred spam legislation for more than five years.
  • CAN SPAM act

    CAN SPAM act
    Federal Trade Comminsion published regulations which define the relevant criteria to determine wheter the primary purpose of an electronic mail message is "commerical" & thus soon message is subject to the provisions of the CAN SPAM act.
  • Email now

    Email now
    Email has made communication easy in the business world, it has also helped long distant family members in contact. Also email is cheaper than phone.