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Recently, we released a small update to the software that connects the Outlook Social Connector to Facebook. If you already use the Outlook Social Connector to connect to Facebook, you can get the software update in our download center.
If you don't use Outlook Social Connector, you should try it out. It integrates your contacts and email messages in Outlook with status updates from social networks in one single place for you to view.
The really good thing about the update is that it lets you connect to Facebook over a secure network connection--called an "https" connection. That's the kind of connection that banks use when you visit their sites. So get the update today.
Rob Franco, Program Manager, Outlook Social Connector team
More info on the Outlook Social Connector:
Announcing the Outlook Social ConnectorThe Office Show: Outlook Social ConnectorAs you wish: More about the Outlook Social ConnectorHow to install the Outlook Social Connector (video)Connect your Inbox to Facebook and Windows Live with the Outlook Social ConnectorWhat I love about the Outlook Social Connector (and why I think you'll love it too!)Boost productivity...with social media?Why Outlook is not just strictly business Get a load of this: Facebook in Outlook!Social Connector for Microsoft Outlook Video: Getting the most out of the Outlook Social Connector
I would like to vote for a separate switch that would allow connection to social media accounts that is separate from Outlook's 'work offline' switch. I work with Outook offline all the time to control the volume of SPAM. I have six email accounts for different businesses, so the volume of SPAM is absurd. To control that I use a third-party application (not an addin) called MailWasher that color-codes potential SPAM and allows me to preview all email at the server level before downloading it into Outlook. It only works if you're offline in Outlook.
Having a separate switch for allowing access to social media accounts would give me the best of both worlds. Based on the above workflow, I am not able to access any social media through Outlook.
Maybe I'm missing this, but I don't see any way to know what version we're currently using of the Outlook Social Connector. I've checked in Outlook Options > Add-Ins which I thought was the most logical place and although I see it there, I see no version information.
If I'm not mistaken, previous MS versions have their own connectors.