Eudora - The 80s Software Program That Made Email Famous

Eudora - The 80s Software Program That Made Email Famous

In early 1997, two applications were in the process of taking over the internet, and both had roots in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a school that had birthed one of the earliest forms of online culture. One of those applications, Netscape, became a bedrock of how we surf the World Wide Web. The other, Eudora, put a graphical twist on email.

Netscape, of course, helped turn its creator, Marc Andreessen, into a billionaire, and drove a Silicon Valley boom that we’re still seeing reverberations of to this day—in part because Andreessen leveraged his financial success into further financial success and later, a plum role as a venture capitalist.

In contrast, Eudora maker Steve Dorner created an incredibly popular program, beloved by power users at a time when power users dominated the internet. Of the early protocols that ruled the internet, the web and email were the two most important ones — and UIUC was a proving ground for both.

More interesting history about Eudora at http://bit.ly/2iXaqE8


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