Microsoft wins “Most Ethical” Award

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.05.2011 at 05:34

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Microsoft made it to the list of the 2011 World’s Most Ethical Companies ranking by Ethisphere in March 2011.

The ranking covered companies from various industries. In the computer software industry only Microsoft, Adobe, Salesforce, Symantec and Teradata made it to the list.

Interesting to note that companies like Apple, Facebook and “don’t be evil” Google did not make it to the list.

Ethical. And Social too.

Last year, Microsoft also topped the list of the world’s “most social” companies, thanks to the hundreds of Microsoft employees that reach out to the public through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

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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:

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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.

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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.

Simultaneously updating your status on Twitter, Facebook and others

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.12.2009 at 06:53

I came across this great tool that lets you simultaneously update your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and a whole bunch of other microblogging/social networking websites. It’s called hellotxt.

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They’ve also got a page for mobile devices, over at m.hellotxt.com. Great way to update your status on all social networking tools at once, wherever you are.

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Microsoft buys Facebook stake

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.11.2007 at 10:59

Microsoft has taken an equity stake in the social networking website, Facebook and, in return, gets to expand its exclusive advertising deal to handle ads for Facebook on a global basis.

Facebook didn’t come cheap. Microsoft is spending $240 million for roughly a 1.6 percent stake, based on an overall valuation of privately-held Facebook at $15 billion. Not bad, considering the fact that Facebook is a company that was founded by three Harvard students in their dorm room in February 2004.

Microsoft had signed up an advertising deal with Facebook in August 2006, which made Microsoft adCenter the exclusive banner and link advertising partner for Facebook. But this was limited to the US.

Now Microsoft opens new doors in expanding its advertising outreach globally by acquiring a stake in the social networking site.

Of late, we are seeing a rush from Microsoft to follow the trends that Google and Yahoo are making in terms of advertising through online services. Windows Live is getting bigger, better and smarter everyday with newer features being added.

A thought:
Facebook is the only social networking site that is not blocked by the ISP in the UAE (Etisalat). Hmm.

Orkut blocked

by Shijaz Abdulla on 03.11.2007 at 17:13

I’ve just realized that Orkut is blocked inside the UAE. I don’t know why, but there’s probably a good reason as to why they blocked Orkut and Hi5, while they still allow Facebook!


I’m gonna miss scrapping my buddies!

See also: Why Facebook is not blocked by Etisalat