The table below highlights the differences between E-mail and Instant Messaging.
Differences between e-mail and instant messaging
|S/No||E-mail (Electronic Mail)||IM (Instant Messaging)|
|1.||Email is short for Electronic Mail||IM is short for Instant Messaging|
|2.||Messages are transmitted from the sender's computer to the server and from there to the recipients' server from where it can either be viewed or downloaded||Users need to be logged in to the server before messages can be transmitted|
|3.||Email may be read independent of the software that was used to create it||IM requires the users to use the same client|
|4.||Emails can be viewed at a later time when the recipient downloads and views it||In IM, the messages are displayed on the recipients' computer instantly|
|5.||Recipients may not be online when the message is sent or received||Recipients in IM must be online to receive message.|