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25 Years of Building Community

Eric Thomas

On February 14th, 1994, Eric Thomas incorporated L-Soft in the United States, making it one of the oldest email technology companies in the world. He had already invented the LISTSERV email list manager eight years earlier while a university student in Paris. LISTSERV quickly became the de facto industry standard for email list technology, which it remains to this day, serving more than 100 million list subscriptions worldwide.

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Today, L-Soft continues to develop LISTSERV®. In 2019, L-Soft released LISTSERV 17.0, featuring a completely redesigned web interface to better accommodate an increasingly mobile user base. In addition to a new user interface, it features three modes to display the searchable online list archives, which for many long-running lists provide decades' worth of knowledge. The new forum and blog view options allow subscribers to read and participate in group discussions, even without necessarily using email. For organizations running announcement lists, the new HTML newsletter builder allows anyone to design and send responsive email newsletters without specialized coding skills.

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Announcement: L-Soft Releases LISTSERV 17.0
July 9, 2019

LISTSERV 17.0 is now available to the public. The main new features include a brand new web interface, seamless list archives with three viewing modes – classic, forum and blog view – and an HTML newsletter builder with more than 75 responsive HTML newsletter and announcement templates.

Press Release: One of the Oldest Email Technology Companies Hits 25 Years
February 13, 2019

When Eric Thomas incorporated L-Soft in 1994, email was just starting to be used by the public, Netscape had not been released, email marketing did not exist, and social media was not even a pipe dream.

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