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The Early Years Of Electronic Messaging
by Fred F. Farkel, Thursday, March 31st, 2016

 

Guest Author: Ron Sherman

Today, Electronic Messaging is an embedded part of our Daily Lives, whether as e- mail, Instant Messaging, Skype, Facebook, just to name a few. We really don’t concern ourselves on how to configure or doing message testing – we just know it works!

That has not always been the case. Over the years, a lot of planning and development was required to bring about the messaging systems of today. This also included the creation of ‘standards’ among the various vendors creating messaging software. “Standards”, are industry agreements and rules on how to design and create the software to smoothly work in a multi-vendor environment. For instance, you might think of the “Internet” as a standard, it might be better thought of as a “Network of Networks” containing a group of standards ‘under its hood’. The Internet, however, was not widely used outside of Government and some Educational facilities, until the mid 1990’s. Also during this early time period, “Electronic Messaging’” was just called ‘e-mail’…

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