If you get a marketing or sales email from someone with an email address similar to firstname.lastname@example.org then beware. Microsoft has a partner email access program that gives these email@example.com email addresses to partner vendor personnel. While there must be some level of trust for Microsoft to grant these vendors with special partner email accounts, don’t be fooled – these are not Microsoft employees. Further discussion is available in the following Microsoft Channel 9 Forum thread.
- Just Curious: Do only Microsoft empolyees get @microsoft.com email addresses? (channel9.msdn.com)
- Answer from Zeo (quote): “No. Contractors, Consultants, Iterns, and vendors have @microsoft e-mail addresses. But they have firstname.lastname@example.org.”