Using Via LAN, messages can be sent and received directly from workstation-to-PC or workstation-to-fax machine in "real-time." To save on transmission costs, messages can also be sent "store-and-forward" from network workstation to third party carriers, such as AT&T EasyLink, MCI Mail
and/or International Data Refile, with just a single keystroke, then forwarded to their destinations by the carrier of choice.
In the meantime, here's how to publish a response to an issue of Soft*letter: When an issue arrives by MCI Mail
, simply type "AN EA" (short for ANSWER EACH) or "RE EN" (short for READ ENVELOPE) at the command line.
"We're finding that most people are relieved not to have to worry about talking PROFS to Customer One, and MCI Mail
to Customer Two," Jones says.
(Sorry, current MCI Mail
customers aren't eligible for this deal.) You should probably have an MCI account anyway, so this offer can be construed as a gentle nudge into The Age of Connectivity.
MCI Mail has grown considerably since its inception, and it recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.
Can the average computer user benefit from MCI Mail? Quite possibly.
Infonet announced it is interconnecting its worldwide Notice 400 messaging service with MCI Mail
, Transpac's Atlas 400, Soft Switch X.400 Gateways, Touch's Worldtalk 400, and Consumers Software's Network Courier 400.
Since ready-made CASL (Crosstalk Application Script Language) scripts are provided for common online services, like MCI Mail, LEXIS/NEXIS, The Source, Delphi, and Official Airline Guides, it's easy to set up these cards.
With MCI Mail, you enter the phone number, user ID, password and baud rate.
For more information, contact SoftKlone at 327 Office Plaza Dr., Suit 100, Tallahassee, FL 32301; 904-878 8564; FAX: 904-877-9763; BBS: 904 878-9884; MCI Mail
Within a few years MCI hopes a businessman beeped with his MCI pager will be able to call the office long-distance with his MCI card, pick up an international message left in MCI Mail
and then chat with a fellow worker driving through Chicago in a limousine on the MCI cellular radio phone.
"Some may need access to MCI Mail
while others may require Dailcom or Telemail as their off-net mail service.