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With email moving beyond convenience and into the role of a strategic communication tool, email communication is becoming an integral part of the decision-making process. More and more countries are going the US way in making it mandatory for companies to save email-based communication. "Email is increasingly coming under scrutiny in criminal investigations and legal proceedings. We have seen in the recent past in US how big companies played with the vital information. Communication based on email has evolved quite a lot and governments in countries like - Japan, Korea, Singapore and Vietnam - are making it mandatory for companies to store email records for a certain number of years," informed Legato Software intercontinental operations strategic development director PK Gupta.