Lack of funding and the pressure of keeping up with the big boys has killed a free email pioneer, used by millions of users, after 17 years.

David Harris, creator of Pegasus and Mercury systems, said in an online posting that development and distribution of the software has ceased, but support subscriptions will be fully supported until their subscriptions expire.

Pegasus Mail was a free, standards-based email client regarded as fast, feature-rich and powerful. Mercury was a mail transport system for Windows and NetWare.

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