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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
LinkedIn please update your connector to support windows 64 bit plz
Every time I type my email and password and hit connect, FB does not connect. using outlook 7, windows 7. Any ideas?
Where can we make feature requests? Is there a project page somewhere?
How resolve security issue in people pane with ActiveX error? Try disabling ActiveX in IE and then in people pane appears yellow pane at upper side with error about disabled ActiveX. I have these settings in IE for security reason for Internet zone. In Trusted sites I have ActiveX enabled. What I must set for People pane in Trusted sites? Thank you.
hey ms or fb guys, please solve that stupid invalid password situation. i look forward to your solutions.
I am experiencing issues with OSC. A similar problem was raised by @stephen on page 1 of this thread but has not been resolved. The platform is Win2003 Server, Outlook 2007, 32bit.
Without installing any service (eg. Facebook, LinkeIn, etc), every time that OSC tries to get data, a prompt appears saying that 'Content is blocked by Internet Explorer Enhanced Security configuration' and the blocked link is 'about:internet'. I tried everything that came in my mind but did not make it work.
As I do not want to disable IE Enhanced Security, can you please tell me how to resolve this issue because the prompt appears once or more than once, EVERYTIME I click on an outlook contact or even mail message, making the application extremely difficult to work with.
I believe that the problem is relevant to 'about:internet', which is not securely accepted by the configuration.
If you require more info, pls respond.
Many thanks in advance
I would also like to manually add someone that is already on Face Book. Not a new friend, I don't need them emailed. The magical linking does not work. I don't know how it works, but I have a friend in Outlook as Robert with one email and Bob on FB with another email.
my FB social connector was working in Outlook 2007 up until this afternoon. Suddenly, I'm getting invalid password errors. where the heck do we go for support on this? this is ridiculous.
I found the solution to the FB authentication problem!!!
I had the same problem and nothing worked for me...
I know this story seems irrelevant but be patient...
After I got my new iPhone I could not connect with iTunes to the apple store - I got connectivity error 9812 - I searched google for it and got to this apple support document -
The article tells you to update the root certificates from Microsoft's website -
This solution solved the itunes problem and the facebook connector authentication problem...
Try it - this update is a MS certified update - it can't harm your computer - worse case scenario - the problem will remain.
Let me know if it worked for you...
Another word for MS personal here -
Since the FB and WinLive connectors were released I failed to connect to the Facebook connector (you can see my previous posts here) - I was constantly following this blog hoping for an easy and swift solution - during the last 3 month - you have failed to supply any working solution.
If RnD missed this and QA failed to find this problematic scenario - the least you could do is let some costumer's focus group try to debug the problem and find what so many people complained about - it is very sad to realize that a large scale company like MS - can't come up with a simple answer to a basic problem.
Luckily for me I found the solution by myself - and I don't need to follow this blog and wait for an answer from you that will never come.
Goodbye and thanks for nothing.
Facebook connector does not install, ok with Linkedin. FB installer indicates checking for providor followed by "Installation of this provider requires the latest version of the Microsoft Outlook Social Connector.... and from there it fails.
The OSC for LinkedIn is absolute crap. I'd be very keen to know what is Microsoft's QA doing rather checking very simple issues like the "invalid user name or password" error. Even more appaling if it's a company like Microsoft we're talking about. Shameful.
Battle can we talk?
When I try to configure the Facebook 64bit connector, I get the error message: "Invalid user name or password". The same username and password works fine on Facebook's website. Frustrating.
I installed the Facebook connector into my Outlook 2007 version and I am getting nothing. Not one single connection. I know that I am using the correct password. How do I resolve this problem?