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Batched Mail component: manage sending limit in Outlook

More and more email servers impose limitations on the number of outgoing messages sent during a certain period of time. It is done in order to prevent undesirable mass mail distributions. But as well as any other security measures, this restriction brings inconvenience to those users, who send bulk mail daily. The use of the Batched Mail allows you to plan the sending process. This Microsoft Outlook add-in sends a specific amount of emails during an hour or with a specified delay between sending two messages. This will protect you from receiving errors when sending a lot of messages and also save your time - you wouldn`t have to go back to your computer in order to click the Send button again and again.

You can easily manage the work of this Outlook add-in by using message sending rules. Different rules with specific settings can be created for various senders and recipients.

Batched Mail allows to:

  • schedule sending emails taking into consideration the limitations of your mail server
  • automate mailing process and save your time
  • avoid a great number of errors as a result of exceeding the limit of allowed emails to be sent per hour or day

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Example of component use:

Let us suppose that your mail server has the following restriction on sending mail: not more than 60 messages per hour. If you have more than two hundred emails in your Outbox ready for sending, the mail client will notify you about the error and stop the sending process. In order to resume it, you will have to wait until the interval of time will be over (1 hour), and only after it you can start sending manually. The use of Batched Mail allows to fully automate the sending process. This Outlook add-in will send a specified amount of messages every hour, so no errors will appear and no manual restart of the sending procedure will be required.

After installing MAPILab Toolbox it is necessary to make sure that the Batched Mail is enabled in the setttings:

Now in Batched Mail options select the necessary parameters, that is: Send no more than 60 messages per hour.

Also check the following options:

  • Send messages with the High Importance flag first - important messages will be sent first
  • Reset the High Importance flag to normal after sending - the recipients will not have the messages marked with the High importance flag (we are using this flag for the Batched Mail add-in to recognize what messages must be sent first)
  • Force Send/Receive for Outbox messages to send schedued emails immediately regardless of Outlook settings
  • This rule is active - check this option to activate the rule with the specific settings
  • To the Advanced mode - to create multiple rules

Next, in the Advanced tab you can specify senders and recipients the rule is to be used for. That allows controlling if the message should be sent immediately or placed in the Queue.

Now the created rule will manage the sending process, and send out no more than 60 messages per hour. All messages in the sending queue will be listed in the Queue tab in the Batched Mail settings:

The Batched Mail component is one of the 20 add-ins included to the program MAPILab Toolbox. You can learn more about other Microsoft Outlook add-ins and download the trial version at the MAPILab Toolbox product page.

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