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Microsoft Wants Outlook Users to Join the Fight Against SPAM

Microsoft today sent out an email asking for its Outlook users to help fight SPAM. I get more junk email than I care to during the day, so I joined.

Microsoft today sent out an email asking for its Outlook users to help fight SPAM. I get more junk email than I care to during the day, so I decided to join.

According to the text from the Microsoft Spam Fighters Program:

We hate junk e-mail as much as you do!

Helping is easy–every once in a while we’ll simply re-send one of your email messages and ask you if it’s junk or not. One click and you’re done.

This helps us fine-tune our junk email filters to better protect you and everyone else. The messages we send you are real messages that were addressed to you. We’ll only send you one message a day at most, and you can quit at any time.

Join Microsoft SPAM Fighters

When you get the email, just click the Join the spam fighters button.

join spam fight

You’re done. You’ll get a message that confirms: “You’re now a member of the elite few who help us put spam where it belongs!”

Of course, purists will say it’s Microsoft’s job to do all the work, and why should the company send us spam on purpose? But if we all help, it can benefit everyone. It’s just a simple click of a button to join. It’s also a simple one-button click to mark a message as SPAM.

It will be interesting to watch how this new program works since I mark out SPAM all the time…


6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Dulcey  

    I didn’t get this email, any suggestions on how to join the club?

  2. Dave May  

    Is this only for folks that use Microsoft for an e-mail provider? I use Outlook, but my ISP is not Microsoft in any fashion, although I’ve got nothing against them.

  3. Here is the link: https://goo.gl/bAOBBS

    You need to be logged into your Microsoft Account and using Outlook.com

  4. Larry Zeigler  

    Ok.

  5. Dave May  

    It’s a bit misleading to say that if you use outlook, you can join. Outlook is a ubiquitous and very useful program that has been around for a very long time. You may be using Outlook, but if you’re not using Microsoft based Outlook.com, you apparently cannot participate in this laudable effort. I’m despondent!

  6. Curtiss  

    This service is not laudable, it’s laughable. 99% of the time it’s asking me if emails about packages being shipped are spam or not. From super shady domains like FedEx.com, ups.com, usps.com, and amazon.com. And it has never once asked me about any of the dozens of “[email protected] viag.ra match.com ladies waiting for you coupon?! >>¿” emails that the stupid “new and improved outlook.com” has allowed into my inbox every month since I was “upgraded.”

    How do I opt out of spam fighters?

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