Outlook 2010 now features Social Networking Connector Provides for Windows Live Messenger, LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook. This brings in a whole new dimension in Outlook beyond plain old email.
For instance, when you receive an email from someone who is on your Facebook friends list, you instantly see his status updates, wall posts, etc in Outlook, just below his message. Here’s a screenshot:
The same goes for updates from LinkedIn, Windows Live Messenger and MySpace. You can also add people you email with to your Facebook right from Outlook by clicking on the Add button.
To enable the connectors, simply download and install them and restart Outlook. You will be prompted to enter your credentials to the social networking sites. If you are not prompted, go to View > People Pane > Account Settings.
You can enable the social media connectors as follows:
- Windows Live Messenger – built into Outlook
- SharePoint – built into Outlook
- Facebook – Download here
- LinkedIn – Download here
Watch the Outlook Social Connector Partners page to stay updated about other social networks that will have connectors for Outlook coming soon.