Junk E-mail Filter updates for June 2011

New Junk E-mail Filter definitions have been made available for Outlook 2003.

Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (KB2553971)

If you have Windows Update configured to also update other Microsoft applications, then this update will also also be offered via Windows Update or has already been updated automatically for you.

Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 filter updates are skipped this month
No Junk E-mail Filter definitions updates have been published for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 this month. After inquiry with the Outlook Team, it appears that there were issues with releasing them on “Path Tuesday”.

As no filter updates were released for Outlook 2010 last month either and due to the testing period of the updates, it means the filter definitions are now over 3 months old (compiled on March 15). I’ve been assured by the Outlook Team that extra care will be taken to make sure that the Junk E-mail filter updates don’t miss the cut in July.

Anti-spam tip
While I normally do not recommend creating rules to fight specific spam, it can prove useful as a general fallback mechanism to make sure that mails with some offensive or repeating words are always moved to your Junk E-mail folder. If you also want to filter based on words used in the Display Name of the sender, see; Sender’s name contains specific text rule