With the foundation laid for open, unfettered, internetwork messaging, the creation of the World Wide Web and the rapid spread of the Internet in the mid-1990s positioned electronic messaging
as a central business and personal communications tool.
Since 1987, TIE has used a global electronic messaging
system called GeoNet to maintain communication between its own offices and with other groups.
Among the major components of electronic messaging
including voice processing, paging, faxing, and data interchange, e-mail is becoming more important to doing business.
If your office is already using the Cambridge, Mass.-based Lotus Development Corp.'s cc:Mail, the electronic messaging
software, you can use Lotus's cc:FAX for cc:Mail ($1,995).
The leader in electronic messaging
services, AT&T Easylink was formed in January 1991 when AT&T acquired a division of Western Union.
Scientist Ray Tomlinson was tinkering with an internal electronic messaging
system when he discovered a way of sending notes between computers.
A new service to be tested by United Airlines and the US-based electronic messaging
company Centerpost Corp will inform passengers of delays and cancellations wherever they are.
In terms of the core of electronic messaging
, the various systems are similar in functionability, although there are some distinctions in features, including work-flow automation, connectivity and mail-enabled applications.