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The end of reply-all? Microsoft to block email storms with more than 5,000 recipients

'Your organisation might even have policies that discourage or prohibit replying to everyone,' reply-all emailers are warned

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe mass reply-all is a scourge of every office - but it could soon be a thing of the past. 

Too many of employees have experienced that stomach-churning moment when they realise they have accidentally sent their email to an entire company of thousands, prompting a nightmarish chain of emails that clogs up everyone's inboxes

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appMicrosoft's email software will now warn you if you're in danger of making this digital faux pas and block the offending email from reaching its thousands of intended recipients.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app "Reply All Storm Protection", first announced last year and introduced to Office 365 this week, is designed to detect threads with more than 5,000 recipients, where someone hits "reply all" at least 10 times within one hour. 

If this happens the software blocks all replies to the thread for four hours.  When someone new tries to reply, they will instead see a message warning them that "the conversation is too busy with too many people".

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"If the conversation is at risk of becoming a reply-all storm, it might be best not to reply to it at all. Your organisation might even have policies that discourage or prohibit replying to everyone," the message continues. 

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe company says the feature has a more serious aim than simply saving people's inboxes.

Reply-all storms can "can disrupt business continuity and in some cases even throttle the rest of your organization’s email for a period of time," Microsoft said. 

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appFor now, it's not possible to adjust the maximum recipient number or thread length before it is cut off, but the company . 

But the feature is already reducing internal reply all storms at Microsoft itself. "Humans still behave like humans no matter which company they work for," the company said.