Users come to depend on those subtle interactions, and, when they aren’t there, it just feels different.” After a few more years of intermittent work, the project for an open-source Eudora collapsed.The last Qualcomm Windows version of Eudora continues, with some glitches, to work well under Windows 10.Available both for the IBM PC and the Apple Macintosh, in its heyday Eudora had tens of millions of happy users.
Jeff Beckley mused that “Classic Eudora had many years of very detailed design and implementation in it.There are a lot of little things that go on behind the scenes, or at least very subtly visible to the user.The Apple Macintosh version, unfortunately, did not survive the transition to the modern Mac processors and operating systems, and can now only run using emulators.It’s hard to overstate Eudora’s popularity in the mid-1990s.It was something that you logged in to some mainframe computer to do, and with the use of use that the desktop operating systems brought, that just wasn’t the right way for people to do email anymore.” It took Dorner just over a year to create the first version of Eudora, which had 50,000 lines of C code and ran only on the Apple Macintosh.
Like many university-produced programs, it was available to anyone for free. Dorner explained for a 1997 article in the Cyber Times that it was because of a short story he had read in college: “Why I Live at the P. Working intently on an email program, Dorner said “I felt like I lived at the post office.” In 1991, Qualcomm, a communications company in San Diego famous for CDMA cellular communications technology, licensed Eudora from the University of Illinois.The paid version eventually sold for as much as , and it was aggressively marketed by Qualcomm.After 15 years, Qualcomm decided in 2006 that Eudora was no longer consistent with their other major project lines, and they stopped development.Dorner was eventually hired by them to continue to develop it, working remotely from his home in Illinois. They knew that the internet would fuel the need for wireless data, and they thought that email would be one of the drivers.They also thought it prudent to diversify beyond ICs for wireless technology into software applications. Qualcomm project manager John Noerenberg assigned Jeff Beckley and Jeff Gehlhaar in San Diego the task of making an MS-DOS and then a Windows version of the program.A likely factor was the increasing adoption of Microsoft Outlook as an email client for corporations.