Rise of the Computer Based Fax
It was in 1985 that GammaLink introduced the first computer based fax board, the GammaFax.
While the first boards were problematic in some instances, as documented by one 3rd part user FAQ, the GammaFax was a major was a major advancement, as it brought computers into the worldwide network of fax machines, which at the time was much more wide ranging than the internet was.
While computer based faxing led to activities such as broadcast faxing and massive junk faxes, it also brought the ability to manage and manipulate faxes to the smaller scale.
GammaLink was acquired by a number of different companies over the years, and today exists as Dialogic.
The 1980s also saw a rise of Xerox integrating ethernet into some of their fax machines, adding it as a feature on their 8000 workstations in the 1980s.
Decline of the Machine and Rise of Online Services
As technology advances, each invention is eventually replaced with a newer, quicker, more secure option. The first decade of the 21st century has seen a major growth of the functions of the internet replacing the “everyday” fax machine.
While there are still many functions best accomplished by fax compared with the internet based equivalent, the business world has seen a major decline in the volume of fax transmissions, as volume moves to other internet based methods.
As fax still maintains a special function in a large number of businesses, there has been a rise of online fax services, built to merge the functions of fax with the convenience of the internet.
Online faxing has brought fax to level where it is accessible through the internet – accessible through email and web based interfaces – as opposed to only hardware (and phone line based) fax machines.
This article was re-published from axauthority.com