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Microsoft Exchange Online Faces Email Delivery Issues to Yahoo and AOL

Microsoft struggling to send emails to Yahoo/AOL due to stricter spam filters. Workarounds exist, but highlight the complexity of email delivery

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Microsoft’s Exchange Online service has encountered significant challenges in delivering emails to users of Yahoo and AOL due to enhanced security measures implemented by the latter. The problem, which began at the end of February, has affected a broad range of Exchange Online users, leading to non-delivery reports (NDRs) when attempting to communicate with email addresses hosted by Yahoo and AOL.

Microsoft’s Response and Ongoing Efforts

In response to these delivery issues, Microsoft has acknowledged the problem through advisory EX719348 and is actively collaborating with an external third-party anti-spam service to identify and isolate the IP addresses responsible for the delivery failures. The goal is to adjust the mail flow to prevent future occurrences of this issue. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS), among other organizations, has reported ongoing challenges, indicating that as of March 13, 2024, the resolution process is still underway. Microsoft’s efforts underline the complexity of navigating modern anti-spam protocols and the importance of maintaining robust email delivery systems.

Technical Solutions and Industry Practices

To circumvent the delivery barriers, some users have discovered workarounds, such as configuring DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) for their actual sending domains rather than relying on the default onmicrosoft.com subdomain. DKIM serves as an email authentication method, ensuring that an email was indeed sent and authorized by the domain’s owner, which can be crucial for bypassing stringent anti-spam filters.

Spam-tracking organizations like Spamhaus play a critical role in this ecosystem by maintaining blocklists to protect users from malicious emails. However, these measures can inadvertently affect legitimate senders, highlighting the delicate balance between security and functionality in email communications. Microsoft’s experience with IP blocking, both as an enforcer and a victim, underscores the ongoing challenges in ensuring seamless and secure email delivery in an ever-evolving digital landscape.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.