Microsoft is a remarkable company. When you run the world’s biggest internet mail operation, the default option for most high school students, when you’re being threatened by companies that make better stuff but don’t have your head start, it’s not that difficult to respond to competitive threats.
For instance a while back hotmail had just a few megs of storage. Then gmail came along and blew everyone out of the water with firstly a gig and now more space to store your stuff. So Microsoft matched gmail on that score – or more or less.
And if you’re the biggest internet mail operation you can have the world’s best spam checker. Just identify suspects and then see if they’re being sent to people who are normally not on the same cc mailing lists. The quality of the online spamchecker is one of the reasons I love gmail.
I have a hotmail account which I no longer access much, but I know people on the MSN IM so I occasionally log in on their newly facelifted ‘live windows’ service and it invariably tells me that I’ve got a few more emails each time I log in, and since I don’t use the email regularly I ignore them and know that they’re spam.
Anyway I clicked to look at the 22 emails I had this evening. All spam.
Still it must be pretty hard for Microsoft’s software to tell that emails with subjects like ‘up the ass’, and ‘Asian cocksucker’ are spam emails. I don’t know about you but I’m always sending emails like that around.
In case you’re thinking I’m looking at the junk intray – there are apparently 16 emails in there that the spam checker caught. I wonder what they say? Call me old fashioned but I reckon the subject ‘deep anal fucking’ ought to raise a few suspicions.