Email (short for electronic mail) is quickly replacing the U.S. Postal Service as the preferred medium for written communication. E-mail is faster than U.S. mail, and it generally costs less per message. In addition, e-mail is more versatile: you can use e-mail to send computer files as well as text messages. If you’re not using e-mail yet, you probably will be soon.
After you get into the habit, you’ll loathe the snail-like pace of the stamped envelope crowd.
Because you’re connected to CompuServe, sending and receiving e-mail is fairly easy. And most of your e-mail needs are covered under CompuServe’s standard pricing plan, so you don’t pay additional fees. Well, then, what’s stopping you? It’s time to wean yourself from “snail mail” and get on the e-mail bandwagon!
You can think of CompuServe as a big electronic post office, through which you send your electronic letters to other users (even users served by other post offices). Of course, with CompuServe, you don’t get to see an electronic mailman at your door once a day. But, oh well….
CompuServe’s e-mail is called CompuServe M, and it is handled through the Mail Center. With CompuServe M, you can communicate electronically with other CompuServe members and with online users who have e-mail through other services (such as the Internet, America Online, Prodigy, The Microsoft Network, MCI Mail, and so on). You also can use CompuServe Mail to send regular U.S. mail, telexes, and faxes.
You can use CompuServe Mail to send all sorts of files to other users. You can send spreadsheet files, word processing documents, and graphics files all in their regular formats—via e-mail.
With CompuServe Mail, you can send your messages normally or tag them “receipt requested.” When you do the latter, you get a notification in your (electronic) mailbox when the message is retrieved by the recipient.