The year 2001 was a quiet year in terms of email clients. Outlook 2000 just found its way into the corporate world and competed heavily against Lotus Notes.

2001 was also a time with a lot of talk about if employees should have access to the Internet at all. And if this access would limit productivity… well, it is obvious that we know better now.

The Internet was heavily on the rise in private homes and mobile phones also began to become a standard accessory in the corporate world. Mobile coverage and high-speed internet were of course not present, but it was possible to gain access to the internet from mobile phones via the super slow Edge connections.

The Palm Pilot was very popular that the time. The email program it used was just called “Mail” and had very limited functional capabilities. Well, it could send and receive emails which is obviously an excellent feature to have in an email client…


Palm Pilot Email

Limited Email Signatures In Email Clients

In the world of email signatures, it was very limited what was possible. First of all, most of the email clients sent emails in plain text (like iPhone Mail app still does today!!) and only Outlook 2000 and Lotus Notes had an email signature possibility but in an extremely limited way.

However, the Blackberry handheld in connection with the Blackberry Enterprise Server (BED) was remarkably popular and with added security and a real keyboard, this device attracted extreme attention especially in the corporate world for bankers and lawyers.

So things were definitely moving forward but still yet limited by the bandwidth offered by the telephone companies. Email signature capabilities on the Blackberry were quite interesting because they were stored in the BES Server.


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