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How to send bulk e-mail in Outlook/Exchange 2007

I am looking for the best way of sending a group e-mail to around 2000 of my customers.
I want to send the e-mail which will have no attachments just a simple text paragraph and when it arrives only the e-mail address of the recipient is displayed and they cannot see all the other e-mail addresses its been sent to.
I have the e-mail addresses stored in a excel spreadsheet, wasnt sure if this could be done in Outlook, dont want it to get picked up as SPAM because its a bulk e-mail.
Can anyone tell me if this is possible and if so the best way of going about it.
Thanks
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Rajith EnchiparambilOffice 365 & Exchange ArchitectCommented:
Outlook/Exchange is not designed for bulk emails.

While you can put all users in BBC and send the email, most of the antispam solutions will pick it up as spam and block it.
You need to use third part programs for it. A quick google will bring a number of products which will take send customized email (with one recipient in the To field) and send it for any umber of users you want.
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Techno-Man-ukAuthor Commented:
OK,
Can ayone recomend a good thrid party program to use, I have searched google but there are so many and most with bad reviews?
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Chris BottomleySoftware Quality Lead EngineerCommented:
>>> when it arrives only the e-mail address of the recipient is displayed and they cannot see all the other e-mail addresses its been sent to.
Use the BCC field

Data in excel it can be done from excel through outlook or from outlook using excel data.

SPAM, depends on your provider what limits they set but you could for example send them in blocks which might circumvent such concerns - I don't know what SPAM detection criteria are, i.e. whether they look for constant contents from a given domain.

Chris
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Chris BottomleySoftware Quality Lead EngineerCommented:
If you are happy to avoid outlook then I would suggest similar constaints but using excel and CDO it can be automated at no additional cost.

Chris
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Techno-Man-ukAuthor Commented:
sorry whats CDO?
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Techno-Man-ukAuthor Commented:
right ok, is there not an easier way of doing this, maybe mail merge
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Rajith EnchiparambilOffice 365 & Exchange ArchitectCommented:
There are proper mass mailing tools but comes with a cost. It depends on whether you send bulk emails on a daily basis. If not, it won't be worth the money you pay.
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Techno-Man-ukAuthor Commented:
yeah this is just a one off.
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Techno-Man-ukAuthor Commented:
so does Exchange have an actual limit on how many e-mnails can be sent per hour/day ??
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Elwin3Commented:

A numebr of my customers have hada simular problem. they have tended to use something like GroupMail for this type of thing.

http://www.group-mail.com
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Rajith EnchiparambilOffice 365 & Exchange ArchitectCommented:
""so does Exchange have an actual limit on how many e-mnails can be sent per hour/day ??""

Yes, but you can change those, but bulk emails from exchange will be flagged up as spam because of the number of recipients. Try in small batches.
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Rajith EnchiparambilOffice 365 & Exchange ArchitectCommented:
Not the number of emails limit, but the number of recipients in message etc
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