Microsoft goes "Up With People" in Outlook 2013

In today's online and connected world, it seems to be all about making sure you can keep up with all of your friends and co-workers. The new version of Outlook 2013, currently available in a preview version, should make it easier to keep up with those contacts in one location.

In a new post on the official Outlook blog, Microsoft talks about how the upcoming Outlook 2013 email client in Office 2013 will allow its users to not only check email from a number of accounts but also to check their social networking accounts like Facebook and LinkedIn (Twitter support is not mentioned).

The People Hub in Outlook 2013 has received a revamp, with Microsoft saying:

This clean, new UI makes it easy to quickly view a person's contact information (from all the different sources) in the Preview Pane. You can also easily communicate with your contacts by just one click, right from the Preview Pane.

Each person listed in a contact list in Outlook 2013 will get their own Contact Page. It will include ways to read their Facebook and LinkedIn status updates. Microsoft says, "Office 2013 respects user's privacy settings on Facebook and LinkedIn. Office will only display your data from Facebook and LinkedIn if your privacy settings allow other's to view these data."

Each Contact Page will also support inline editing in Outlook 2013. Microsoft says, "Just hit the Edit button on the Contact Card, and start typing. For example, this powerful feature makes it easier than ever to add a field such as a second home phone number."

Source: Outlook blog | Images via Microsoft and Modified Rapture

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Not impressed with Outlook 2013 so far. Easily the most sluggish piece of software I've tested from Microsoft. Takes a couple of seconds switching between Mail / Calendar / People. Also takes some time switching between cached inbox folders! At least we got fancy animations and ALL CAPS menus...

FYI

There are already social connectors for Outlook 2010. So if you are still on 2010, you can add Facebook and other services to your Outlook. (Which I weirdly found quite handy.)

hmm, that's what the desktop UI for Outlook 2013 looks like? that's even uglier than the "Modern" UI start screen.

Hopefully the features are good and useful, because just like people, software can't be ugly, stupid, useless and be successful.

JaredFrost said,
hmm, that's what the desktop UI for Outlook 2013 looks like? that's even uglier than the "Modern" UI start screen.

Hopefully the features are good and useful, because just like people, software can't be ugly, stupid, useless and be successful.


it's definitely better looking than the mail app on OSX and even Windows Live Mail on Windows 7.

FalseAgent said,

it's definitely better looking than the mail app on OSX and even Windows Live Mail on Windows 7.

I do not use OSX therefore I will not comment on it but I use Outlook 2010 and while I like a lot of thing in 2013 that plain white bother me.
It is like skying on a glacier: after a while all that white start bothering my eyes.

Fritzly said,

I do not use OSX therefore I will not comment on it but I use Outlook 2010 and while I like a lot of thing in 2013 that plain white bother me.
It is like skying on a glacier: after a while all that white start bothering my eyes.


Yeah I agree with that, I noticed that the Office team added a small gradient to the background to the Office Web Apps preview, as opposed to the plain white in the Office 2013 preview, so maybe they're changing things.

I would love it if they would fix the broken favorite people option on Outlook 2013. I still can't use the favorite people option on 2 different installs. And everytime they put out an update, it breaks the entire installation so you have to go to your account if you can find it and then deactivate Office, and then reactivate it and then reinstall.

Other than that, I love it. I get it, beta, but still...

I love this feature so far actually. I was a little skeptical, but it fits in great with Outlook. It isn't too 'in your face' or spammy either which I was worried about too. It can be surprising to see display pictures beside the names of complete strangers that email you too but it's nice.

Outlook 2013, Windows 8 People app, and the new Outlook.com are doing a nice job of consolidating all of your contacts information across many services into one contact card.

Your reading comprehension is something to be desired n_K. Read the entire article and perhaps you will gain a better understanding of why you lack comprehension skills.

Thank GOD you won't get spammed by your friends on Facebook or LinkedIn since they are set to block you.

mrmomoman said,
Your reading comprehension is something to be desired n_K. Read the entire article and perhaps you will gain a better understanding of why you lack comprehension skills.

Thank GOD you won't get spammed by your friends on Facebook or LinkedIn since they are set to block you.

^ This

mrmomoman said,
Your reading comprehension is something to be desired n_K. Read the entire article and perhaps you will gain a better understanding of why you lack comprehension skills.

Thank GOD you won't get spammed by your friends on Facebook or LinkedIn since they are set to block you.


Guys, guys, calm down. He clearly has never used a contact management solution more complex than, say, a physical address book.

He's probably convinced this means he'll get pop-ups, sound effects, new messages in his inbox, text messages, smoke signals, and tray notifications for every behavior of every member of Facebook. He's simply never used the dozens of solutions that already integrate this behavior, from Android, web mail providers, Gnome, Windows Phone, and so on, and has no idea that they aren't intrusive whatsoever.

mrmomoman said,
Your reading comprehension is something to be desired n_K. Read the entire article and perhaps you will gain a better understanding of why you lack comprehension skills.

Thank GOD you won't get spammed by your friends on Facebook or LinkedIn since they are set to block you.


Thanks for the shoutout! *adds to CV*
I don't use facebook or linkedin.
Plus I don't really care for it but it's sure as hell going to amusing seeing sysadmins trying to stop workers from slacking whilst in work.

'and has no idea that they aren't intrusive whatsoever.'
On iOS it comes up with twitter buttons on a lot of stuff since iOS 5 which is a pain, plus I'm not gonna exactly link it but it's definately a part of why I get less than a days battery life out of an iOS 5 ipod but get over 2 weeks from an iOS 2 ipod.

Sysadmins will be able to enable/disable the 'social networking features' in Outlook 2013 with GPOs, and you don't use Facebook or Linkedin so I don't see the problem?

jordanspringer said,
Sysadmins will be able to enable/disable the 'social networking features' in Outlook 2013 with GPOs, and you don't use Facebook or Linkedin so I don't see the problem?

I don't think n_K has any experience with AD or GPOs, hes just a troll.

'but also to check their social networking accounts like Facebook and LinkedIn'
Thank GOD I won't be using this, Office 2013? Might as well call it Spam 2013.

n_K said,
'but also to check their social networking accounts like Facebook and LinkedIn'
Thank GOD I won't be using this, Office 2013? Might as well call it Spam 2013.

It's an option. . . .

n_K said,
'but also to check their social networking accounts like Facebook and LinkedIn'
Thank GOD I won't be using this, Office 2013? Might as well call it Spam 2013.

It is already an option in Office 2010 as well.

Here is tip, DON'T TURN ON THE FEATURE. I hope that isn't too hard for you.

Geesh.

n_K said,
'but also to check their social networking accounts like Facebook and LinkedIn'
Thank GOD I won't be using this, Office 2013? Might as well call it Spam 2013.

exactly what the poster above me said. The social connector was in outlook 2010 as well.