Electronic Mail (Email)

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

Herodotus, describing the Persian courier system about 500 B.C., inscribed on the General Post Office, New York City, U.S.A.

Email has long been the most widely used Internet application. For some people, it is also their most frequent form of communication. Internet service providers often provide dedicated email services for their users, though 3rd party solutions have grown in popularity in recent years. Email is also the technology underlying mailing lists. The following sections provide more information:

    • Timesharing computers
    • RD
    • NRD
    • MSG
    • MS / MH
    • RFC 773
    • MMDF
    • Sendmail
    • Commercial Email
    • Online Services
    • Confidentiality