Mac OS X 10.2 has been praised for leading the way in eliminating spam.

Apple's spam filter is part of 10.2’s Mail application. When spam hits Mail’s inbox, the header takes on a brownish hue. The program automatically highlights other messages belonging to a spam thread.

Apple's proprietary technology behind the spam filter is known as adaptive latent semantic analysis. This allows users to “train” the OS to recognise junk mail.

In an article in the Seattle Times, author Charles Bermant commends Mail as "making a lot of sense".

Other operating systems such as Microsoft's Windows are still playing catch-up, Bermant says.

However, he goes on to predict that Microsoft may incorporate similar spam-fighting abilities in its next iteration of Windows.