Microsoft shows off email evolution with infographic

Can you imagine where we would be without email? The ability to quickly communicate has transformed not only business communication but personal communication too. With messages being transferred at the speed of light, using standard mail to send a letter instantly became an archaic way to communicate.

Microsoft has put together a compelling infographic that takes a drive through history, all the way back to 1960 when email was first introduced at MIT. More than just put together a pretty infographic, Microsoft (along with MarketTools Inc) did some digging and found several interesting stats about current and future email use:

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).

Email has quickly positioned itself as the preferred communication method for many individuals. With email now being tied into smartphones, it is 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.

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