A person writing an e-mail.
- The definition of an e-mail is a message sent from one computer to another over the Internet, using a set webmail server address.
An example of an e-mail is a happy birthday message a person sends from their Yahoo account to their mom at her Gmail account.
- E-mail is defined as to send a message to someone using their person webmail address.
An example of to e-mail is sending your mom a birthday message to her personal web address at gmail.com.
- a system for sending messages, as via a network, from one computer or terminal to a receiving computer or terminal and for storing such messages
- a message or messages sent or stored in such a system
Origin of e-mailfrom e(lectronic) + mail
e-mail - Computer Definition
Application software system originally developed for store-and-forward text messaging over a packet-based computer network. E-mail originated in the mid-1960s for communications between time-share computer users. E-mail quickly became popular for government and military communications in the late 1960s and early 1970s, especially as an application on the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), which was the predecessor to the Internet. E-mail was popularized in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as part of the office automation concept designed to lead us toward the paperless office. E-mail relies on a client/server architecture can be implemented over local area networks (LANs) or wide area networks (WANs) such as the public Internet. Some e-mail systems, such as Microsoft Outlook, support not only plain text, but also rich text and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) formatting. Unfortunately, communication with e-mail clients not supporting rich text or HTML creates considerable formatting incompatibilities. E-mail now permits the attachment of other forms of information, including binary files, images, graphics, and even digitized voice and video. E-mail system features typically include address book, confirmation, and formatting. See also address book, ARPANET, client/server, confirmation, e-mail address, format, HTML, IMAP, Internet, MIME, plain text, POP, rich text, SMTP, spam, store-and-forward, and time-sharing.
(Electronic-MAIL) The transmission of text messages from sender to recipient. E-mail messages can also be formatted with graphics like a brochure or Web page, an enhancement that many users like, but that creates more spam and a security risk (see HTML e-mail). Users can send a mail message to a single recipient or to multiple users. In addition, JPEG photos as well as any other type of computer file may be attached to the message (see e-mail attachment). Mail is sent to a simulated mailbox in the organization's mail server until it is downloaded to the "in" mailbox in the user's computer. The Messaging System and the Client An e-mail system requires a messaging system, which is primarily a store and forward capability based on the Internet's Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). A mail program (e-mail client), such as Windows Mail, Mac Mail, Outlook and Eudora, provides the user interface for mailboxes and send and receive functions. Popular e-mail services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail are Web based, in which case the Web browser is used as the mail program (see e-mail interfaces). The Internet Changed It All The Internet revolutionized e-mail by turning countless incompatible islands into one global system. Initially serving its own users, in the mid-1990s, the Internet began to act as a mail gateway between the major online services such as CompuServe and America Online (AOL). It then became "the" messaging system for the planet. In the U.S., Internet mail is measured in the trillions of messages each year. See e-mail vs. fax, messaging system, instant messaging, read receipt and self-destructing e-mail.