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Microsoft’s Sender ID Helps Authenticate E-Mails

Microsoft agrees that of messages going out to Hotmail addresses 98% is spam. After conducting a research Microsoft determined that e-mails between 40-98% sent to Hotmail users are unsolicited or junk in nature. Microsoft has re-branded Hotmail as Windows Live Hotmail. Itweek published this on April 20, 2007.

Last year (2006) Microsoft saw a three times more use of the Sender ID-Framework by eight million domains. The software company said this in a declaration that was made at the Authentication & Online Trust Alliance Summit in Boston on April 18, 2007.

Microsoft created the Sender ID Framework to verify incoming e-mails. It is available free of charge. With the Sender ID Microsoft detected 3.8 billion spam mails or fraudulent messages going to Hotmail accounts per day. With Sender ID, domains too identified 20 million fake messages each day. Over the past 12 months while overall spam has gone 40% up, unsolicited bulk messages entering Hotmail accounts have come 50% down where 8% declined due to Sender ID, Microsoft said in news that Multichannelmerchant published on April 19, 2007.

Microsoft noticed the voluminous Hotmail spam when it uncovered a study findings about the adoption of its Sender ID spam filtering technology. Itweek published this in news on April 20, 2007. The results are most likely to disappoint Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft because in 2004 he had predicted that spam would be eradicated in the next two years. Gates was speaking at the Davos World Economic Forum.

Spam remains a deterrent to user productivity, faith and confidence in Internet performance. The commercial worth of Sender ID is now giving positive results. Industry players and others are adopting promising steps towards safeguarding the inbox through widespread acceptance of the Sender ID, continued joint work by industry, businesses and governments, and spread of user awareness, according to Ryan Hamlin, general manager of the Technology Care and Safety Group at Microsoft. Arstechnica published this in news on April 19, 2007.

As per the software maker, 43% of fair e-mails entering Hotmail accounts pass through Sender ID authentication. Encouragingly, 90% e-mail adopters are using the standard.

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