NeXTMail was the email client developed by NeXT for its NeXTSTEP operating system. It was one of the first email clients to support universally visible, clickable embedded graphics and audio within an email. NeXTMail made attaching images, text and videos to a message straightforward using drag and drop. It featured a service named "lip service" that allowed a user to click a button and record audio.
Apple Inc. purchased NeXT in 1997 and NeXTMail evolved into Apple Mail, the email application bundled with Mac OS X and iOS. Apple continued using NeXTMail until its OS X became stable enough for everyday use. Further development of NeXTMail was discontinued.
NeXTMail is said to have been inspired by Nathaniel Borenstein's mail system.
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