All of us are doing it. Some of us even do it daily! We still ask colleagues, friends, and customers to send us files in an email. But email attachments are a relic of the past, and we should all stop doing it … today!
Originally, email was intended as a new electronic system to exchange text messages, a replacement for snail mail. In the beginning, sending files was a hack only practiced by geeks. To send a file in an email, it was included in the text using an encoding.
It goes back to 1992 when email attachments were introduced in the MIME standard and the first actual email attachment — as we know it today — was sent. Since then nothing has changed much. We’re still stuck with a decades old technology which has its limitations.
So let’s look into the limitations and see how we can do better…