The beginnings of L-Soft trace back to 1986 when Eric Thomas, an engineering student in Paris, develops a software program to automate the management of email lists. Before this, all lists had to be administered manually, which was so cumbersome and time-consuming that it threatened the viability of email lists altogether. Eric Thomas' email list management program turned out to be a huge success and became known as LISTSERV.
In February of 1994, Eric Thomas incorporates L-Soft in the United States so that LISTSERV, which had by now become the global standard for email list management, can be developed further and ported from VM to other operating systems, such as Unix and VMS.
In May of 1994, L-Soft launches the first version of LISTSERV for VMS and Unix.
L-Soft releases LISTSERV Lite and LISTSERV Lite Free Edition, a freeware version for non-profit and hobby use only.
LISTSERV powers Carl Bildt's newsletter. Carl Bildt, the former Prime Minister of Sweden, started the Internet revolution in politics by being the first Prime Minister in Europe who gave out his email address to the public and published an electronic newsletter.
L-Soft acquires tracking technology and the German development unit of a Swedish email marketing communication company. The plan is to integrate the tracking technology into LISTSERV.
L-Soft announces a partnership with security company F-Secure to integrate F-Secure's Anti-Virus software into LISTSERV. Millions of list subscribers are now protected from viruses. LISTSERV becomes the first mailing list manager in the industry to have built-in anti-virus capabilities.
L-Soft complements the LISTSERV product family by launching the LISTSERV Maestro email marketing software solution. The new product enables the management, delivery, tracking and reporting of customized opt-in email marketing campaigns.
L-Soft forms L-Soft Germany GmbH to facilitate the continued development of LISTSERV Maestro.
L-Soft participates in the Federal Trade Commission spam forum and the European Union workshop on spam, submitting comment papers. L-Soft promotes opt-in, to the exclusion of any and all opt-out compromises.
L-Soft expands virus protection for email lists by launching the LISTSERV Anti-Virus Station, which offers virus protection for all LISTSERV platforms.
L-Soft releases LISTSERV Maestro 2.0 with a built-in recipient warehouse that combines data administration and target group creation in one interface.
The LISTSERV Choice Awards competition, the only industry-wide recognition program honoring the most interesting, creative, innovative or exemplary usage of LISTSERV mailing list technology, is launched.
L-Soft wins the Technology Fast 50 award for Maryland for the fourth time. The award is given by Deloitte & Touche to recognize the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the state of Maryland.