Microsoft is deprecating support for SmartScreen, a spam content filter. The changes will affect Outlook and Exchange users.
Starting November 1, 2016, Microsoft will stop generating updates for the SmartScreen spam filters in Exchange Server 2016, Outlook 2016 for Windows and Outlook 2011 for Mac.
In addition, these changes will also be applied to Exchange Server (2013, 2010, 2007), and Outlook (2013, 2010, 2007).
For those new, “In Outlook and Exchange, SmartScreen analyzes each email message and rates the email according to SmartScreen’s Spam Confidence Level (SCL). These emails are then sent to Outlook’s junk folder.”
Additionally, SmartScreen is also available as built in feature in Windows 10, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer browsers, and [will not impact the SmartScreen Filter online protection feature built into these products]. Those protection tools will remain in place, company stated.
“While branded similarly, those features are technically distinct,” added Microft.
The team notes, “SmartScreen spam filter will be removed from future versions of Exchange Server and Outlook for Windows. (SmartScreen is not available in any other version of Outlook).”
These SmartScreen Filters to help people to stay protected from malicious websites and downloads.
Microsoft clarifies that the changes to SmartScreen in Outlook and Exchange will unlikely impact many users and most “should not experience any change in their email experience or see an increase in spam.” SmartScreen’s spam filters in Outlook and Exchange are being replaced by Exchange Online Protection (EOP), a cloud-based email filtering service utilized by Office 365 subscribers.
EOP is already built into all Office 365 and Outlook.com email accounts. EOP is also available for on-premises Exchange Server enterprise customers, and is available for just $1.00 per user per month.
Further, company said, Office 365 customers who may have replaced EOP with a 3rd party filtering solution, “need not to take any action, as they [will also continue to be protected by those solutions].”