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message store A system that can hold electronic-mail messages for a user whose normal means of dealing with incoming e-mail is not currently active. Most implementations of e-mail expect the system to which the mail is addressed to respond to the receipt of the incoming message; if the system to which the mail is addressed is not active (for example a workstation that has been switched off overnight), the absence of any response may lead to the sending system assuming that the mail is incorrectly addressed. In this situation, the user may elect to have mail delivered to a message store, which will normally be operating at all times. Any e-mail that is delivered can be collected later when the user queries the message store from his or her workstation.

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