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Starting today, you can plug Facebook and Windows Live right into Microsoft Outlook through the Outlook Social Connector. You can view your social network as you look through your email to stay connected with your friends, family, and colleagues. Here are the key links of what Outlook users can do starting today:
1. Outlook 2003 and 2007 users can download the latest version of the Outlook Social Connector from the Microsoft Download Center.
2. Outlook 2010 users can get the Outlook Social Connector update through Microsoft Update.
3. Get the Facebook provider download for the Outlook Social Connector from the Microsoft Download Center.
4. Get the Windows Live Messenger provider download for the Outlook Social Connector from the Microsoft Download Center.
5. Stay tuned to the Outlook team blog for updates: http://blogs.msdn.com/outlook.
6. See what other social networks are available through the Outlook Social Connector provider page.
7. Watch a short video on the changes made today to the Outlook Social Connector.
According to the Nielsen ratings, 67 percent of the global online population now goes online to visit social networks and blogs to stay connected, make decisions, and get things done. Today's news demonstrates our commitment to evolving Office to support the way you get things done. The Outlook Social Connector doesn't add another social network into the mix; rather it offers busy people the convenience of accessing them in Outlook.
LinkedIn and MySpace for the Outlook Social Connector became available in Outlook last winter, and today we added Facebook and Windows Live. Now you'll be able to view status updates and photos right next to an email. Also, you will be able to grow your social and professional network directly within Outlook by simply adding "Friends" to Facebook and Windows Live directly from the Outlook People Pane.
To give more Outlook users the ability to connect their Inbox with their social networks, we have also updated Outlook Social Connector to work with Outlook 2003 and 2007.
We've also released a new version of the Outlook Social Connector (v1.1). This update gives you the ability to receive real-time updates in the "People Pane" within Outlook.
We built the Outlook Social Connector with privacy and security in mind. The information people share is a personal choice, so it's up to you to determine what you share, and with whom.
Working closely with key partners including Facebook, our goal is to help you stay in touch with the people you care about, and simplify your daily routine.
If you haven't tried it yet, we encourage you to give the Outlook Social Connector a spin and share with us your thoughts and ideas.
-- Paco Contreras Herrera, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Office
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)Important: Update your Outlook Facebook 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
Great addition to Outlook. Everyone who has tested the connector really likes the ability to see past email, meeting, attachment history for employees with whom you are corresponding. Unfortunately the LinkedIn updates don't seem to work (authentication errors even given a correct user ID & password). I've noted that you seem to be working this issue with LinkedIn. Given the thousands of employees from my company who have LinkedIn accounts, this would be a very useful capability. Keep up the good work.
That was it! ;-)
I too had turned off all platform applications on Facebook because of privacy concerns. Turning it back on enabled the Outlook Social Connector to properly logon to the Facebook provider without giving the "Invalid user name or password" error.
Thanks for taking the time to share your findings with us all.
I would like to see social connector display facebook information for contacts with 2 emails. For example, many of my work contacts use our company email for business so social connector doesn't pull the updates from their personal email address, even though it is listed on their vcard and I am friends with them on Facebook.
This is great new functionality. One question though - I understand that data from OSC is not pulled into my contacts folder. However, if in the OSC I have a picture appearing from Facebook, how can I choose to make that picture a person's contact photo?
@Gastro. THANKS. Your suggestion worked for me on the invalid facebook password.
invalid user/pass combo. doesn't work. what a rip.
I'm reposting Gastro's comment on a possible cause of the invalid username/password issue:
I think I found the Problem with the "Invalid user name or password" Problem.
I had disabled the access for "all platform applications" on Facebook, because of Privacy concerns.
Go to "Account" -> "Privacy Settings" -> "Applications and Websites" (down on the left) -> Click "Edit your settings for using applications, games and websites."
On the next Page I had disabled the usage of all platform applications. After enabling the Setting I was able to successfully login with the Outlook Social Connector.
Just make sure to check the "Info accessible through your friends" Settings on the same Page if you don't want to grant other Applications on FB (like FarmVille) access to your Information because of Privacy concerns.
Hope this works for you too,
Program Manager - Microsoft Outlook
Problems with LinkedIn Social Connector. I am runing Windows 7 64-bit, Outlook 2007. I install the linkedin social connector and it says it has installed fine, but it just doesn't show up in the list of avaialble social networks. What gives?
I'm still having problems with the "invalid user name or password". I checked my Facebook settings, and I don't have "all platform applications turned off".
I don't have a firewall in the way.
Windows 7 64 bit
Office 2010 64 bit
Facebook logon works
Facebook privacy settings were set to "Recommended"
MobWars works on Facebook... ;)
Firewall isn't an issue, I tried it from two different networks, and at home, and none worked.
What else do I need to try?
@Paco Contreras Herrera
Oh, and the Xbox Live Facebook App works too.. and I've tried on a LAN, Verizon Card, and Wireless network. No luck.
I'm using Office 2010 32-bit on Windows 7 64-bit. I add the Linkedin connector, but never see anything related to Linkedin - not even in my Manage Add-ins page. When I put the Linkein web address in the My Site page, I get the bad user or password message. I can't find anything that tells me definitely how to install this thing, so I don't know if I'm doing things right or wrong.
My Facebook setting are legit, nothing is disabled. The same thing happens for my Windows Live Messenger Username/Password in the Outlook Social Connector.
I installed Facebook plug in for Outlook 2010 x86 running on a x64 windows 7, and the plug-in refuses to accept my credentials. It just tells me that they are invalid, when I know the credentials are correct.
thanks to you
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Really a great tool! I would suggest that MS change the name to reach a larger market because I prefer using this at work to better organize what type of exchanges I've had with a contact (often a coworker) and with our CRM connector even better for clients as well.
A possible bug or lack of configuration on MS's part, but when you open a contact the Social screen opens at the bottom but there's no scroll bar on the upper contact part of the screen to be able to fill out the entire contact info. I don't know it this applies for other windows in Outlook where the Social screen also opens at the bottom (note that for an e-mail, the scroll bar is present).
I'll likely share knowledge of this with our CRM management team.