In a new blog post today, Microsoft’s Tastia Ebacher explained how Microsoft is handling junk mail on Outlook 2016 for the Mac. As expected, Outlook 2016 for Mac will come with a handful of new features compared to Outlook 2011 for Mac. The upcoming Outlook update relies on server-side filtering for junk mail, rather than relying on client-side filtering. Microsoft expects server-side filtering to cut down on your junk mail, and hopefully Outlook 2016 for Mac will improve junk mail filtering.
Microsoft has also published a comparison of Outlook for Mac 2011 and Outlook 2016 for Mac junk email protection options:
|Option/Feature||Outlook for Mac 2011 (14.3.2+)||Outlook 2016 for Mac|
|Performs Junk Email filtering for Exchange accounts||No||No|
|Performs Junk Email filtering for POP and IMAP accounts||Yes||No|
|Add Blocked Senders when connected to Exchange 2013 (Syncs to server)||Yes||Yes|
|Add Blocked Senders when connected to Exchange 2010 (client-side only)||Yes||Yes|
|Add Blocked and Safe Senders for POP and IMAP accounts (client-side only)||Yes||Yes|
|Mark email as Junk manually (any type of account)||Yes||Yes|
|Contains the Junk category by default and emails marked as junk are assigned it automatically||Yes||No|
As it seems like, Outlook 2016 for Mac does indeed bring better junk mail filtering. If you’re an Outlook for Mac user, are you glad that Microsoft is working hard to improve junk mail filtering on its emailing client? Let us know in the comment section below!