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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The AP really changed "e-mail" to "email"? Was it to save print or data costs or what? Now me using the English-correct form of "e-mail" seems no longer valid for the past few years.

Outlook for MS-DOS released in 1992? I don't remember that one. Wikipedia says it was part of Exchange 5.5 (1997)... sounds like the article needs an update.

brianshapiro said,
So now fancy timelines are called infographics.

in the news industry, anything that shows information in a graphical format is an infographic

neufuse said,

in the news industry, anything that shows information in a graphical format is an infographic

I recently saw a table with no graphical content except an occasional icon by one of the blocks of information, and it was also referred to as an infographic.

Just saying I think its in danger of becoming a vanity word.

brianshapiro said,

I recently saw a table with no graphical content except an occasional icon by one of the blocks of information, and it was also referred to as an infographic.

Just saying I think its in danger of becoming a vanity word.

Well if there are graphic(s) and info, then it's technically an infographic. Of course, when you normally think of an infographic, you'd expect some of appropriately themed and nicely designed graphic that conveys information in a logical and visual way. Some are awesome like that, while others tend to be more plain.

It's like music: There's what you'd like to call goood music, and bad music. Same thing with inforgraphics depending on your standards.

Quikboy said,

Well if there are graphic(s) and info, then it's technically an infographic. Of course, when you normally think of an infographic, you'd expect some of appropriately themed and nicely designed graphic that conveys information in a logical and visual way. Some are awesome like that, while others tend to be more plain.

It's like music: There's what you'd like to call goood music, and bad music. Same thing with inforgraphics depending on your standards.

And some things called music are not really music at all, like John Cage's 4'33", or some experimental stuff that people call music just because it involves a lot of sound.

Quikboy said,

Well if there are graphic(s) and info, then it's technically an infographic. Of course, when you normally think of an infographic, you'd expect some of appropriately themed and nicely designed graphic that conveys information in a logical and visual way. Some are awesome like that, while others tend to be more plain.

It's like music: There's what you'd like to call goood music, and bad music. Same thing with inforgraphics depending on your standards.

And some things called music are not really music at all, like John Cage's 4'33", or some experimental stuff that people call music just because it involves a lot of sound.

Quikboy said,

Well if there are graphic(s) and info, then it's technically an infographic. Of course, when you normally think of an infographic, you'd expect some of appropriately themed and nicely designed graphic that conveys information in a logical and visual way. Some are awesome like that, while others tend to be more plain.

It's like music: There's what you'd like to call goood music, and bad music. Same thing with inforgraphics depending on your standards.

And some things called music are not really music at all, like John Cage's 4'33", or some experimental stuff that people call music just because it involves a lot of sound.

kabix said,
Evolution of an evil called Outlook. Hate it, hate it every time I run it.

uh whats so "evil" about outlook? never had a problem with it here

kabix said,
Evolution of an evil called Outlook. Hate it, hate it every time I run it.

LOL
Try Lotus Notes. I prefer Outlook 97 to any version of Lotus Notes.

I like email (as well as the word email instead of e-mail), because it can be a archive of messages and a safe way to receive newsletters from businesses you don't want snail mail stuff from. I still communicate with my family with email because it is private. It also is less stressful because of the non-urgency of replying.

ccoltmanm said,
I like email (as well as the word email instead of e-mail), because it can be a archive of messages and a safe way to receive newsletters from businesses you don't want snail mail stuff from. I still communicate with my family with email because it is private. It also is less stressful because of the non-urgency of replying.

Well, unless you encrypt your messages, e-mail is not private by any means (any admin can read mail on the server and you'll never know it).

ccoltmanm said,
I like email (as well as the word email instead of e-mail), because it can be a archive of messages......

Same here. I never delete any emails in my Gmail inbox/archive, ever. Always good to have that 1-2 years old emails when you need to refer to it one day

Email is still the main communication tool for my business, but for personal use Facebook, Skype has taken over.