Outlook 2003 continues to do a good job of filtering out spam. There’s so much spam coming in to my mailbox that I simply stopped looking in the Junk Mail folder.
I just turned on the option to permanently delete spam instead of moving it to the Junk Mail folder (Tools / Options / Preferences / Junk E-Mail). There’s a risk that I’ll miss something and have no way to find it. But now I won’t have to do housekeeping on that folder to empty it out – today it was two thousand messages that had accumulated in a week. If you have a relatively stable group of correspondents, think about whether you can do the same thing. As I understand it, Outlook always allows messages through from anyone in your Contacts folders, and anyone you’ve ever sent a message to, so the risk of missing incoming messages is probably low.