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The Outlook Social Connector

added by Michael on 12 Feb 2010

One of the new features in Outlook 2010 is the Outlook Social Connector.  Microsoft is Partnering with LinkedIn, Facebook and MySpace


The Outlook Social Connector is a set of new features to help keep track of your friends and colleagues while enabling you to grow your professional network.

The Outlook Social Connector (OSC) brings social views of your colleagues and friends right to your Inbox. As you read your e-mail messages, glance down at the new People Pane to see the picture, name, and title of the sender. A rich, aggregated collection of information about the sender is included.

The OSC presents useful information including:

  • Communication history - Your mailbox is searched and the recent messages you've exchanged with that person appear. Can't remember the last time you e-mailed this person? A quick look at the OSC reveals the last time you received an email from them, and one click opens up the message.
  • Meetings - When is the next scheduled meeting with this person? The OSC shows upcoming appointments that include you and the message sender.
  • Attachments - Can't find the attachment that the person is referring to in a message? With the OSC you can quickly review attachments that you and the sender have exchanged. One-click access quickly opens the attachment or you can see the message that it is attached to.
  • Activity feeds - Stay on top of activities involving your colleagues and friends in real time. The OSC connects to business and consumer social networks.
  • Did you say activity feeds? - Yes we did! The OSC makes Outlook 2010 a social networking tool by connecting to the new social experiences in SharePoint 2010. That connection allows the OSC to download activity feeds for colleagues and display them inside the new People Pane