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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
PS. Could you have the newer comments pop-up first on the blog than last. It makes it easier to see the current issues or comments faster and usually is set up this way on threads, blogs, etc. (Truly, it's not that I want everyone to see my comment. Ha! :) )
I to am getting this Invalid user name or password with the FB connector. I checked my settings as recommended above and nothing is blocked. I've tried using my email and username in the User Name field but still no luck. What a pain :-(
I too am haveing the invalid username/pw. My FB Privacy settings are just fine. Using 32 bit, Office 2010, Win 7, LAN.
Sounds like it's a glitch that the devs need to fix. I'm on 32 bit Office 2010 using win7-64.
Same authentication problem here... Win7 64 bit, Office 64 bit, can't authenticate with Facebook. checked FB application settings, nothing is blocked.... HOW ABOUT A FIX MICROSOFT?
I tried to manually register the .dll files installed with the LinkeIn connector. The log4cxx.dll file fails with an error that says, "The module "logcxx.dll" was loaded but the entry-point DLLRegisterServer was not found. Make sure that "log4cxx.dll is a valid DLL or OCX file and then try again"
Having the same authentication problems with Office 2010 x64, Win7 x64, and facebook. I double checked and all my fb settings are fine - I use it on xbox, kindle, and my zune hd just fine. Win7 firewall is off, i do have a router but that shouldn't be the issue unless i need to forward some ports or something. Irritating.
I finally got mine to work. I'm not sure which of these did the trick, but after doing them all it seemed to work. I installed the Windows Live Beta package with the new photo gallery, which required that i sign in to window live, then logged in with my fb username (not email address) and it seemed to work. Probably has to do with being signed in on windows live or some kind of update that the windows live beta brings.
@Marc M - I'm jealous you got it to work. What did you do exactly? You installed Windows Live Beta (do you have a link)? I've checked all of my settings, facebook looks ok. The only old thing I know about, my machine doesn't trust the root CA that signed Facebook's auth cert. Maybe that is breaking logon? Microsoft? :)
I got it to work. All I did was log out of MSN Messenger and sure enough no more invalid user/pw error in the fb connector.
I want one of those Microsoft Stickers for my Laptop
Regarding the username/pw issue for fb, if you have nothing blocked in the settings as mentioned in the posts above, the following worked for me - first, block all applications, games, or websites in fb. Once you have confirmed this, then change it to allow applications, games, or websites, in fb. The outlook social connector will appear as an application.
I have no earthly idea why checking then unchecking what is essentially a checkbox works, but it works for me. I hope this helps someone.
the facebook connector just tells me that my id or password is invalid. seems like a bug and i see others are having the same issue. i am on win 7 64, running office 2010 32
I am also using Win7 64Bit / Office 2010 32Bit - the facebook connector gives me the invalid username\password error message - I played with the privacy settings in the FaceBook site - and it did not solve the problem.
I have tested my account on WinXP Pro with Office 2010 32Bit - and I was able to connect.
I have tested other accounts on my Win7 and it constantly fails - I think it's something to do with Win7 64Bit.
Also - I have tried this on different networks - cooperate networks and home networks.
It just fails authentication...