Microsoft vs. spam - technology is not enough

Monday, 27 October 2003, 8:43 AM EST

Over the past week, I've continued my (admittedly) unscientific testing. And during that week, Outlook successfully filtered 95 to 98 percent of the mail I received.

The worst Outlook did was the day I received a total of 361 messages. Of those, Outlook flagged 240 as spam. Of the 121 that made it through to my inbox, 18 were spam. Of the 240 that were dropped into the junk mail folder, I found no misfiles, nor have I heard from friends telling me I'm not responding to their e-mail. So, of the 361 messages that Outlook processed that day, 18 (or about 5 percent) were processed incorrectly.

That's how I do the math.

Interestingly, most of those 18 messages contained no text in the body of the message--just a subject line. So I guess Microsoft Outlook has trouble filtering spamless spam.

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