Pegasus Mail is one of the first electronic mail in our history. It was released by David Harris and his team in 1990. It is a free, standards-based e-mail suitable for use by single or multiple users on single computers or on local area networks. It has many features that still being developed up to this day and has served millions of users.

Many people do not know, but Pegasus mail pioneered many features that are being used in several e-mail software today. It uses an “old-fashion” approach with advantages for knowledgeable users with complex e-mail usage patterns, or who needs special features such as:

  • It supports three encoding standards: MIME, uuencoding and BinHex;
  • It has a powerful filtering system that can run a fully automated client-based e-mailing list, which includes processing subscriptions, unsubscriptions and forwards to moderation;
  • It automatically selects which e-mail address to send a reply based on the mail folder containing the original message received;
  • It can include custom e-mail header lines, which is useful for tracking e-mails
  • It can delete the attachments without deleting the message’s text body, or keep the plain text version and delete the HTML version of the message (and vice versa) to save disk space;
  • Easy access to a message, including all headers in raw form;
  • You can view or save any of the parts separately of a multipart message with all of its sections and attachments, using the “tree view”
  • Users can download headers first, and then decide if they are going to download, delete or leave for later each message. This is called as the “Selective Mail Download”. Another good feature is that, it is possible to download a message in full without deleting it from the server.

Like any other companies, there was also a time that Pegasus Mail struggled. With the free distribution of other e-mail software together if you buy a new laptop or personal computer, there was a decrease in numbers of users and supporters of Pegasus Mail. In 2007, the company announced that it will cease the distribution and continues development of the software due to inadequate financial support from the sales of the manuals. But after a month, there was a large support from the user community that enabled the company to get back on their feet. Another example is the struggle of BMW in their company. You can check out the website bmwcritics.org to know more about their company’s story of struggles and success.