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Launch: Vacation Message Improvements

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We just made a significant improvement to the way vacation messages work. In the old system, if you turned on a vacation message, your mail filters would stop working. Now, turning on a vacation message will not stop your mail filtering rules from applying. This includes any mail forwarding rules you have setup. Of course you still need to leave a copy of the message on the server when setting up mail forwarding. In order for these changes to take affect, you will need to turn off your current vacation message and then turn it back on. And remember, only one vacation message is sent to each sender no matter how many times they send email to the person with the vacation message set, until the vacation message is reset.
Thanks to Kevin for knocking this out, based on customer feedback, in his spare time.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Pat Matthews.

Pat Matthews is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Rackspace. Prior to Rackspace, Pat founded Webmail.us, a business email hosting company that made Inc. magazine's list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. In 2007 Rackspace acquired Webmail.us and the two businesses joined forces. From 2007 to 2009, Pat led the Rackspace mail business and helped grow it to more than two million paid mailboxes worldwide.

In January 2010, Pat was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of all Rackspace cloud businesses. In this role he led Rackspace to become one of the most important companies in the cloud computing industry. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cloud at Rackspace in August of 2010.

Today, Pat oversees corporate development, which includes M&A, investment projects, new business initiatives and strategic partnerships.

Pat is a graduate of Virginia Tech. He is an angel investor and advisor in several startup companies. Pat and his family live in San Antonio, TX.


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  • http://www.webmail.us/blog Pat

    Definitely a good point.  We will discuss this.

    Thank you for your input.

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