MCI Mail


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MCI Mail

(messaging)
The first commercial Internet electronic mail service, launched by MCI in about 1981. Vint Cerf was the chief engineer.

Reading mail was free but you had to pay to send. Users discovered you could communicate for free by sharing an account. One user would save a message as a draft and the other would read it and replace it with his response.

MCI Mail

An email system from MCI that was introduced in 1983. In 1989, MCI Mail was added to the National Science Foundation network, which made MCI the first company to connect email to the Internet. Although it ended in 1994, MCI Mail influenced subsequent email offerings from Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft. See MCI and NSFnet.
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Both CompuServe and MCI Mail serve as e-mail gateways to the worldwide Internet, making it easier, faster and cheaper to send an e-mail message from Evansville to Sydney, Australia, than it is to send a written letter from Evansville to Vincennes.
* access to message services for electronic mail (e.g., to Dialcom, Easy Link, MCI Mail, Telemail), or for ordering goods and services, paying bills, home banking and securities transactions, regardless of local computer equipment
Although there are various ways to set up global electronic mail, users generally hire a third-party service bureau, such as Compuserve or MCI Mail, to provide a centralized vehicle and local telephone numbers that your members may dial.
* One-keystroke access to the most popular online services, including AT&T EasyLink, MCI Mail, CompuServe, Dow Jones News/Retrieval, Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and others of your choice.
Thanks to E-mail enthusiast Philippe Kahn, we've just learned about an undocumented feature of MCI Mail, the service we've been using to distribute an electronic version of Soft*letter.
Other internal communication channels at MCI include divisional magazines, quarterly reports, an extensive audio library, the MCI mail system and MCI World, a monthly company publication.
He presents individual descriptions of four services: DIALMAIL (the email system of Dialog), CompuServe, Delphi, and MCI Mail. For each he gives examples of sample sessions with displays of text appearing on the monitor or entered by the user.
This past May, MCI announced plans to interconnect its electronic mail service, MCI Mail, with eight United States and international carriers, covering France, Switzerland, Korea, and Australia.
POSTSCRIPT: Our new MCI Mail edition (Soft*letter, 4/20/90) has been getting rave reviews from serious E-mail users.
Using their own software and familiar commands, MHS-compatible LAN users will have access to the same enhanced messaging services provided to all other CompuServe Mail customers, including links to MCI Mail (100,000 members), Internet (500,000 users), Telex (1.5 million machines), facsimile (4.2 million machines) and postal service delivery.
In addition to its ease of use, Network Courier offers the ability to support multiple communications standards such as SNADS/DISOSS, PROFS, MCI Mail, SMTP, and fax.
In pursuit of this goal, we've decided to float a trial balloon for an electronic edition, to be offered--at least initially--through MCI Mail. (We want to emphasize that this offer is an experiement: If there isn't enough interest, we won't try to force a technological solution on folks who don't feel there's a problem that needs to be solved.)