It was in 1989 that the Pegasus Mail was developed by David Harris. It all started in a University in Dunedin, New Zealand where he worked. David and his colleagues installed the first Novell NetWare network in their computer. But upon installation, they found out that it doesn’t include an e-mail system. In addition to their situation, they already used up their budget and all of the commercial mail packages available during that time were very expensive. Thus, Harris decided to write a simple e-mail program and made it available on the network.
In the early 1990, after Harris improved some of its features, he decided to upload the software at his friend’s FTP site in Hawaii. After the first week, it has been downloaded for more than 100 times and people were thanking him for the free e-mail software. Harris realized that the software he developed gave people an important way of communication. Thus, he decided to continue giving the software to everyone for free.
Harris was still working in the University, and at the same time working on the Pegasus Mail to improve it further. In 1993, he was able to release the first Windows version of the Pegasus Mail and the first version of Mercury, the mail server. His work with the software became more demanding that’s why he decided to quit his University job. He was able to give more time developing the software, but his source of fund was cut-off. In order to compensate for this, he decided to sell the manuals to continuously develop the software. For those who can’t avail the manual, he still made sure that extensive online help is available so that the program can still be useful without the manuals.
Up until this day, Pegasus Mail is still continuously being used by many people. Harris is constantly developing its feature in order to keep up with the advancement of technology and the needs of the users.