The software titan has started sending out emails to Outlook.com users, asking for their help in fighting email spam. If you ever wanted to become a spam fighter, now is your chance.
Basically, the company wants users to block more spam messages, thereby increasing the efficiency of the filters in the web based email service. Microsoft says that hitting the “Report as spam” button helps in discovering junk email and preventing it from reaching inbox.
Inboxes, as in yours, and of other users too.
As the company puts it:
“Helping is easy–every once in a while we’ll simply re-send one of your email messages and ask you if it’s junk or not. One click and you’re done. This helps us fine-tune our junk email filters to better protect you and everyone else. The messages we send you are real messages that were addressed to you. We’ll only send you one message a day at most, and you can quit at any time.”
Essentially, Microsoft wants to improve the Outlook.com spam filters, and what better way to make them more potent than by doing a little outsourcing — the more spam messages are blocked, the better these filters get at blocking them for everyone.
Plus, clicking (or tapping) the report button only takes a second.