Microsoft expands Outlook 2010 Social Connector to Facebook & MySpace

Microsoft has announced that official connectors, built by MySpace and Facebook for Outlook Social Connector, will be available for download in the first of half of this year.

The software giant also announced the immediate availability of the LinkedIn Outlook Social Connector that was first demonstrated in November 2009. The download is now live and allows LinkedIn users to see their LinkedIn contacts latest activity and also add new people to LinkedIn via the interface.

Outlook 2010 features a new Outlook Social Connector (OSC) straight into Outlook 2010. The connector provides a stream of content from SharePoint, Windows Live and other social networking sites. At the bottom of Outlook emails users will be provided with contacts latest social networking posts. The presence of social networking inside Office 2010 is part of a broad strategy that Microsoft is implementing across its products. The next version of Windows Live Messenger will also feature a social stream within the client, similar to the OSC. Windows Phone 7 series also includes a number of live feeds that include social networking features.

In January Microsoft announced Office 2010 pricing. The professional edition will retail for $499 boxed.  Office 2010 will be released in at least five different flavours, including a free version that includes Microsoft Word and Excel, but comes with limited functionality and includes advertisements. The editions of Office 2010 will include Starter, Home and Student, Home and Business, Professional and Professional Academic.

Microsoft also revealed that customers who purchase Office 2007 between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010 will receive a free upgrade copy to Office 2010. Check out Neowin's top new features in Office 2010. Microsoft Office 2010 is expected to be generally available on June 15.

Download: LinkedIn Social Connector 

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I have to admit, Outlook has gone from a clunky e-mail virus prone pim (personal information manager) to a really refined product.

Ive installed on 32 bit (I had to ditch 64bit as CRM plugin wasnt available) and.......nothing!

I can add my profile, is tells me I'm signed in ok, but all I get is a + in the social section, allowing me to add someone to linkedin - which always fails.

No contacts, no linkedin links, nothing suggested...basically nothing thats talked about here or anywhere else.

I'm assuming its designed to run in the outlook 2010 beta (not RC, I dont have this)?

Frazell Thomas said,
32bit only... Come one MS stop treating 64bit as a second class citizen...

I agree, I can't install in the 64bit version of Outlook.

Frazell Thomas said,
32bit only... Come one MS stop treating 64bit as a second class citizen...

I was looking forward to trying the connectors, but I'm not going back to the 32-bit version of Outlook unless its life or death. :)

Especially the Facebook social connector need a little more work from MS and Facebook, in my opinion.
Facebook is not only Feeds and personal messages, it's chat too. (I use only Facebook, no idea about other social networks)
Sure, there is now this XMPP-Proxy on facebook, but implement this in the messenger?
Open source XMPP protocol and the closed source MSN protocol in one application, I can't believe this.

Lastwebpage said,
Especially the Facebook social connector need a little more work from MS and Facebook, in my opinion.
Facebook is not only Feeds and personal messages, it's chat too. (I use only Facebook, no idea about other social networks)
Sure, there is now this XMPP-Proxy on facebook, but implement this in the messenger?
Open source XMPP protocol and the closed source MSN protocol in one application, I can't believe this.

Outlook isn't a chat app. It doesn't have that built in and probably never will. You can use another chat client to chat on an IM network...

Frazell Thomas said,

Outlook isn't a chat app. It doesn't have that built in and probably never will. You can use another chat client to chat on an IM network...


Yes, and what? Trillian, Miranda, PSI ??? MS have an own messenger.

We will get a Live Messenger with MSN and XMPP protocol? I don't believe this.

Lastwebpage said,
Especially the Facebook social connector need a little more work from MS and Facebook, in my opinion.
Facebook is not only Feeds and personal messages, it's chat too. (I use only Facebook, no idea about other social networks)
Sure, there is now this XMPP-Proxy on facebook, but implement this in the messenger?
Open source XMPP protocol and the closed source MSN protocol in one application, I can't believe this.

Considering that this is in beta, I'd expect bugs and maybe a few niggly issues until the first service pack. That is the software cycle of life.