Social Networking Connectors for Outlook 2010

by Shijaz Abdulla on 10.08.2010 at 11:40

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.

Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010 – Released!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.04.2010 at 11:59

Microsoft has announced that Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 have been released to manufacturing.

Visit this page for an overview of the new wave of products. Customers with Software Assurance can download Office 2010 starting April 27, 2010.

Find a launch event near you at

Microsoft Business Intelligence Roadshow

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.04.2010 at 11:06


Meet Tech·Ed Middle East’s Top Voted Speaker at the Business Intelligence Roadshow.

Rafal Lukawiecki, International Business Intelligence speaker, will be telling you all about simplifying performance management and business intelligence.

Join us at this exclusive event as he demonstrates to you how these solutions can easily be used in your day-to-day business scenarios.

With a special focus on Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft® Office System 2010, this will be a full day seminar with exciting presentations and live videos from the business intelligence performance management expert.


April 26, 2010

The Westin, Dubai
Serdaal Ballroom


April 28, 2010

Four Seasons Hotel


April 29,2010

Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’s
Al Bida’s Ballroom


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Office 2010: New features

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.01.2010 at 13:56

I’ve been using the Office 2010 Technical Preview and the Beta for quite some time now. In this post, I share 10 new features in Office 2010 that I like.

  1. Video Editing features in Powerpoint

    You can now easily trim a video (i.e. play only a section of a video) or transform it in Powerpoint, without the need for any third-party tools.

    Right click on video, choose Trim Video.


    Choose Start and End points for the video.

    Transform the video using any 3D/bevel option.


    You can also add a reflection on your video!

    Run the presentation, the video plays as trimmed and automatically transformed/rendered as you selected, and the reflection also changes depending on the motion in the video!

  2. Insert Screenshot

    You can now insert a screenshot of any application that is currently running on your PC without having to hit PRINT SCREEN.


  3. Ribbon Interface in Outlook

  4. Conversation view in Outlook

    Makes it easy to group messages with the same subject (conversation). Also makes it easy to ignore or trash “conversations” with one click. 🙂


  5. Artistic Effects

    Can even make your clipart and photographs look like oil paintings, pastels, pencil sketches and more.


  6. Protected View
    For documents that originated from the Internet.


  7. Show/Hide the Office Ribbon (toolbar)
    You can minimize the Office Ribbon when you need some extra space by clicking the show/hide button marked in red.


  8. Backstage View
    This has replaced the Office menu. When you click the File tab, you are taken to a “Backstage”, where you can view and control properties for the document.


  9. Social Networking capability in Outlook

    Leverages functionality from SharePoint and Exchange Server and displays photographs and social networking information for all individuals involved in an email conversation.





  10. Smart tags in Outlook

    Lets you quickly see ways in which you can interact with a user (instant messaging, phone numbers, email),  his picture, profile, organizational information, etc. Very handy – and fully integrates with Office Communicator and SharePoint.




There are lots of other new features in Office 2010, this is just a preview of 10 features that I like. To get updates from my blog, subscribe with RSS or subscribe by email or get Windows Live Alerts.