Has anyone had much practice in using ‌ to prevent Outlook.com, Google Apps and new Google Mail from hyperlinking content such as phone number, addresses and dates?

I see that Email Monks is using it in work contracted to them. I question why it would be needed if you are doing something like: © 20‌16 COMPANY NAME (COUNTRY) Inc. where it would be coded as © 20‌16 COMPANY NAME (COUN‌TRY) Inc‌.

It's new to me and not something that I've noticed in Outlook.com. I'll have to check Google Apps and Google Mail.