E-mail usage to exceed 60 billion by 2006

The volume of e-mail sent globally is set to explode past the 60 billion mark by 2006 as the number of person-to-person e-mails, spam and e-mail alerts and notifications continues to grow.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  October 7, 2002

The volume of e-mail sent globally is set to explode past the 60 billion mark by 2006, according to analysts at IDC. The research firm reports that this growth is being driven by a number of factors, including the increasing number of person-to-person e-mails, spam and e-mail alerts and notifications.

Despite the fact that e-mail has become an essential business tool, Mark Levitt, vice president of IDC’s collaborative computing programme, says the use of e-mail has to be controlled, otherwise it will degrade productivity.

"Like water flowing out of a hose, e-mail has the potential to fill our inboxes and workdays, overwhelming our abilities to navigate through the growing currents of content,” he says.

“To ensure that e-mail continues to be a valuable business and personal communications tool, suppliers and customers will need to find new ways to provide near-real-time access through desktop, mobile, and wireless devices to important and time-sensitive email content and alerts for more effective collaboration,” he adds.

According to the analyst house, e-mail users will demand greater access to message filtering technology in the future so that they can quickly distinguish between high and low priority messages and to delete spam.

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