Microsoft looks to cut spam

Microsoft is promoting its SmartScreen spam filtering technology in the Middle East. The company announced at last month's Comdex event that, as part of its much-publicised anti-spam effort, SmartScreen will be deployed across all Microsoft e-mail platforms.

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By  Peter Branton Published  December 3, 2003

Microsoft is promoting its SmartScreen spam filtering technology in the Middle East. The company announced at last month's Comdex event that, as part of its much-publicised anti-spam effort, SmartScreen will be deployed across all Microsoft e-mail platforms.

Early versions of the technology have already been introduced in Outlook 2003, MSN 8 and Hotmail and will soon be available in a new add-on for Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft Exchange Intelligent Message Filter.

"Spam is a growing problem for our customers, both for business users and at home. The volume of junk mail is a problem by itself, but the content of junk mail is often also offensive or even fraudulent in its nature. Microsoft is committed to doing all it can to make mail systems safer from spam," said Fahad Al-Sudairy, Marketing Manager, Microsoft Arabia.

SmartScreen Technology is designed to provide the latest anti-spam filtering innovations to products and tools that help protect corporate and private e-mail users from the growing deluge of spam, typically defined as unsolicited, unwanted e-mail, and more specifically defined by Microsoft as unsolicited bulk or unsolicited commercial e-mail.

The technology is based on a machine-learning approach, where e-mail customers themselves make decisions regarding whether e-mail would be considered spam and then incorporated into a feedback loop to train the filter to know what to look for. Hundreds of thousands of Hotmail subscribers have volunteered to classify millions of e-mail messages as legitimate or as spam, generating more than 500,000 characteristics of spam that the SmartScreen Technology can track. With the Exchange Intelligent Message Filter, Exchange 2003 customers can score each incoming e-mail message for spam probability according to these characteristics and can use that score to help filter spam before it reaches the user's inbox.

"Spam is our e-mail customers' number one complaint today, and while there is no single solution that will solve the problem by itself, Microsoft is committed to innovating and contributing on a broad spectrum of approaches to help put spammers out of business," said Ryan Hamlin, General Manager, Anti-Spam Technology and Strategy group at Microsoft. "This SmartScreen Technology is designed to help make spam easier to detect and more difficult to profit from, and to help maintain e-mail as a viable and valuable method of communication. With SmartScreen Technology, we can help provide a consistent and powerful anti-spam solution for the hundreds of millions of customers who use MSN, Hotmail, Office and Exchange."

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