IBM Lotus Software To Increase Anti-Spam Capabilities In Next Version Of Lotus Domino

Server-Side Spam Filtering Aims To Ease The Burden On Users, Improve Email Management And Reduce Administration Costs

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CAMBRIDGE, MA - 24 Jun 2002: In an effort to protect customers against the increasing amount of unsolicited and undesirable email ("spam"), IBM Lotus software has announced that IBM Lotus Domino 6 will include anti-spam features that would help reduce the amount of unwanted messages routed to user's in-boxes.

META Group estimates the percentage of overall inbound Internet corporate e-mail classified as spam is between 2% and 10%, with that number expected to grow to 10%-20% during the next five years. Medium companies are routinely getting 20,000 spam messages per day.(1) Experts also estimate that an employee that receives only 5 spam messages per day and spends 30 seconds dealing with each message will waste 15 hours a year managing their in-box.(2) In addition to wasting time and inhibiting productivity, spam e-mail wastes immeasurable IT resources by clogging e-mail servers and LANs and overloading mailboxes, which consume valuable bandwidth and negatively affecting network performance. In today's competitive market, corporations cannot risk anything that will hinder employee collaboration.

While competing software products leave spam management to the end user, Lotus Software's new anti-spam technology is located on the server, which is intended to lower administration and maintenance costs by giving IT administrators more control over emails that get distributed to employees. Lotus Software has always strived to provide users with tools to help manage their email systems, and the new features in Domino 6 would help IT administrators weed out spam before it reaches end-users, allowing both IT administrators and employees to avoid inconvenience.

Some of the new features include:

"The average e-mail user receives approximately 1,500 pieces of spam yearly and our commitment is to block the majority of unwanted e-mails from harrowed users' inboxes," stated Ken Bisconti, Vice President, Messaging Solutions, Lotus Software, IBM. "Advanced spam control and filtration functionality in IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 6 are just one more way to satisfy our user-base by helping them manage their in-box, enabling quicker response and increased productivity."

Lotus Notes and Domino 6 are now available for download testing from and will be generally available in Q3 of this year. Final pricing will be announced upon availability.

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