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Thursday, March 27, 2003  

Via Bargarz: Micro$oft makes another token gesture towards stopping spam.

As of Friday Microsoft has imposed a limit of 100 e-mails per day for all Hotmail accounts. The introduction of a limit is the latest in a number of actions taken by MSN in a bid to combat the amount of spam going through its system. According to MSN lead product manager Lisa Gurry the limit will only affect 1% of the current 110 million subscribers, making it acceptable for just about everyone. This does, however, make it a frustration for people who legitimately need to send out a lot of mail.

Bully for them. Shame they wouldn't do anything actually useful to stop the flow of spam, though. A commentator adds at the end:

When I first read this I wondered if Hotmail meant 100 messages in the form of clicking the Send button, but I was glad to find out it was on a per recipient basis, otherwise this would be a pretty pointless initiative. Hotmail is one of the biggest spam collectors and issuers there is, and it's not helped by people allowing their e-mail address to be listed on the Hotmail directory. The next step MSN should take is to make that little tick box when you sign up unticked to begin with.

posted by James Russell | 6:39 PM

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