Seriously though... I thought Google was going for accuracy in their search results. It's amazing that this idiots website is listed at the top when searching for this information.
- All email client ever built on major platforms on a timeline (GH issues to add more https://github.com/missive/email-apps-timeline/issues)
- Acquisition + discontinuation
As you can see last few years have been interesting!
I don't see this as a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
It's just that every time someone attempts to "reinvent email" or replace email, they end up creating something worse or at least something less flexible.
What big proposals have been made to revamp email entirely?
Side note: Do you really still have problems with easy to spoof messages? Or with spam? Especially the last one is a non-issue nowadays, I think. In the past we had like hundreds of spam mails unfiltered in our inboxes. Now I have a really good spam filter and checking my spam box from time to time I don't even see that many messages popping up.
Nowadays you are de facto bound to mega providers to get reasonable mail service. It's just not an open platform anymore if you periodically can't send mail to 50% user base silos (yahoo, gmail, live) because of unpredictable spam filtering and no support from them to fix it.
And you need like 1GiB of RAM just to run the spam filtering monster software patchwork of perl spaghetti. Not even mentioning the maintanance work of updating this stuff.
Mail is forever broken and converges to a marked with high entry barriers in which only google and microsoft play.
Hosts running FreeBSD with 1 GB of RAM handle a few times that with ease.
- in order to define "spoofing" you need an identity agency (or signing)
- in order to secure email (and signing) you need a key distribution system, preferably with an identity system so you can get the right keys for someone you're trying to communicate with. You also need to solve "local" key distribution among the user's computers, phones, fridges etc.
- in order to deal with spam you need someone to identify it and filter it for you, which inherently gives them access privileges to your mail.