Correspondence sent via a computer network. In a simply system, messages produced using word processing programs are transmitted over a network (which could be a small company network or the world-wide Internet) and stored in a computer called a mail server. Anyone connected to the network can contact the mail server to check whether it is holding mail for them. If it is, they can transfer the messages to their own computer, and print it if they need a permanent record. Electronic mail is transmitted rapidly, and costs are low, even for international communications.
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