Microsoft calls for outbound filtering against spam

Monday, 7 June 2004, 4:23 AM EST

In its continuing fight against unsolicited commercial e-mail, Microsoft Corp. plans to filter outgoing messages on its consumer mail services and is busy developing new "proofing" technologies, the software maker's chief spam fighter said Thursday.

The fight is also one against the clock. Microsoft last year set a two-year goal to make spam a problem of the past. There are 19 months left, Ryan Hamlin, general manager of Microsoft's Security Technology & Strategy group, said Thursday at Inbox, a conference on e-mail here.

More than 14.5 billion spam messages are sent each day, according to Hamlin, who cited figures from antispam vendor Brightmail Inc. Microsoft's Hotmail Web-based e-mail service receives 2.7 billion spam messages a day, Hamlin said.

By Joris Evers at Info World.

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