Microsoft Outlook’s 2003 has been doing an extraordinary job of filtering my spam – almost no false positives and a 95%+ job of sending spam to the junk folder. My fear, tough, was that it would start to falter as the spammers became familiar with it and found holes to drive spam through.

Perhaps not. The Outlook anti-spam filter will be periodically updated. The first update was quietly issued by Microsoft today. If you’re running Outlook 2003, click on Help / Check For Updates to visit the Office Update site and get the enhanced junk mail filter.

I don’t see any mechanism to install these updates automatically, and it seems clumsy to require users to periodically visit the site to see if anything is new. Hmm.

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