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Evolution of Email: Infographic by Microsoft

Microsoft has put together a compelling infographic that takes a drive through email history, all the way back to 1960 when email was first introduced at MIT.

Microsoft along with MarketTools Inc to help us understand the use of email, social tools, and other means of communication in the office by conducting an independent online survey of 1,268 professionals and students, age 18 and older. Here’s what we found out in the research:

  • 96 percent (and 92 percent of 18-24 year olds) said they expect their e-mail communication in the workplace to increase or to stay the same over the next five years.
  • 53 percent consider e-mail the most effective method of communication with colleagues, even beating out face-to-face meetings and instant messaging (49 percent and 42 percent respectively).

With email now being tied into smartphones, it’s a communication platform that can literally go anywhere. Microsoft states that Outlook is ready for the future of email because it “enables you to access all of your email accounts and schedules, but also gives you social media updates from friends and colleagues, text messages, and voicemails in one place”. Outlook has evolved heavily over time and is no longer simply an email client, but a complete digital hub for every aspect of your life.

[Source: Microsoft Office Blog]

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