Microsoft has signed a ‘multi-year’ deal with Brightmail to reduce the amount of spam hitting Hotmail accounts. The two companies expect the filtering system to be fully deployed later this fall.
Under the agreement, Brightmail will deploy its Brightmail Solution Suite to filter spam at the incoming SMTP gateway, before it’s delivered to the Hotmail user’s inbox. Leveraging the Probe Network, a collection of more than 200 million e-mail addresses designed to attract spam, Brightmail claims its technology will automatically identify and eliminate spam before it reaches Hotmail users’ mailboxes.
Unsolicited junk e-mail is a global problem in the industry today that affects not just Hotmail users, but e-mail users everywhere, said Rick Holzli, general manager of MSN Hotmail. Joining forces with a leader such as Brightmail underscores MSN’s continued commitment to aggressively fight spam and provide our users with a world-class e-mail experience.
Brightmail is excited to work with MSN to help shield the millions of Hotmail users from the ever-growing flood of spam, which threatens the viability of e-mail as a universal communication tool, said Enrique Salem, president and CEO of Brightmail. This alliance is a milestone in our mission to eliminate spam through the development and deployment of our premium anti-spam technology.