What is email?

  • (noun): (computer science) a system of world-wide electronic communication in which a computer user can compose a message at one terminal that is generated at the recipient's terminal when he logs in.
    Synonyms: electronic mail, e-mail
    See also — Additional definitions below


Electronic mail, commonly referred to as email or e-mail, is a method of exchanging digital messages from an author to one or more recipients. Modern email operates across the Internet or other computer networks. Some early email systems required that the author and the recipient both be online at the same time, in common with instant messaging. Today's email systems are based on a store-and-forward model. Email servers accept, forward, deliver and store messages. Neither the users nor their computers are required to be online simultaneously; they need connect only briefly, typically to an email server, for as long as it takes to send or receive messages.

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Some articles on email:

Second-level ISP - Case Studies - Case One
... He needs to be in constant email communication with head office ... copy of Airsnort on his own laptop and that he knew his email password ... He then proceeded to show him copies of all his email for that day! This happened even though the wireless network was supposed to be secure! ...
Email - U.S. Government
... federal government has been involved in email in several different ways ... Therefore, the USPS initiated an experimental email service known as E-COM ... The early ARPANET dealt with multiple email clients that had various, and at times incompatible, formats ...
Suppression List
... CAN-SPAM requires that senders of commercial emails provide a functioning opt-out mechanism by which email recipients can unsubscribe their email address from future email messages ... The unsubscribed email addresses are placed into a "suppression list" which is used to "suppress" future email messages to that email address ...
Modest (email Client) - History
... It replaced the previous email client osso-email ... It is the default built-in email program for the Nokia N900 running Maemo 5 ...
Mobile Me - Services
... All members of iTools and.Mac received a @mac.com email address, showing the services tied to the Mac hardware ... Members of MobileMe were given a @me.com email address (though users of the current.mac email address could also continue to use those, with both ...

More definitions of "email":

  • (verb): Communicate electronically on the computer.
    Synonyms: e-mail, netmail