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Chapter 14. How the Internet Works > Understanding Electronic Mail

Understanding Electronic Mail

Electronic mail (email) was not actually part of the plan when ARPA began to build the data communications network that would eventually evolve into the Internet. However, after being introduced to the ARPAnet in 1972, electronic mail quickly became the most-used application on the network.

It can also be safely said that, on the Internet, email is one of the most widely used applications, and a large percentage of the total traffic on the Internet relates to email. Internet email has a client side and a server side, just like FTP and the Web (this is discussed in the section “Working with the Web,” later in this chapter).


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