Gmail Smartens Up About Spam

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:31 pm

Google Gmail got nearly 15 times better at separating real messages from spam in the last three months, a developer of e-mail marketing software has calculated.

According to Emeryville, Calif.-based Lyris Technologies, Gmail’s false-positive rating — the amount of e-mail it mistakenly pegged as spam — improved to just 3 percent in the second quarter, down dramatically from 44 percent in the first quarter of 2006.

Microsoft’s Hotmail — also called Windows Live Mail — meanwhile, improved slightly, but still tags nearly 1 in 5 legitimate messages as spam, said Lyris. In the second quarter, Microsoft’s Web e-mail service’s false-positive rating was 18.2 percent, down from 23.4 percent in the first quarter.

By comparison, rival Yahoo Mail’s false-positive was 0.57 percent in the June-August period.

Source: InformationWeek


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