By Riva Richmond @gadgetwise 4/11/12
In the competition between top Web-based e-mail providers, spam filtering has emerged as a crucial battlefield.
After a Microsoft-sponsored bake-off that put its Hotmail service a hair ahead of Google’s Gmail in spam blocking, Google has stepped forward with its own statistics demonstrating that Gmail is the antispam leader.
Google told Gadgetwise that its internal data indicated that less than 1 percent of the e-mail in the average Gmail inbox was spam, and that its rate of “false positives,” or messages falsely tossed as spam, was also less than 1 percent. Microsoft said in February that less than 3 percent of e-mail in the average Hotmail inbox was spam. It declined to provide a false-positive rate. (continue @gadgetwise)