Microsoft Outlook Facebook Social Connector released

Microsoft released the Facebook Outlook Social Connector on Tuesday.

The final piece in the Office 2010 puzzle sees full connectivity to Facebook within Outlook. The Outlook social connector (OSC) links Outlook contacts with Facebook and provides end users with the latest status updates, contact information and profile pictures. OSC is built into Office 2010 but users of Office 2003 and 2007 can also download the social connector.

Microsoft unveiled the social connector during the beta phase of Office 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 social connector for Outlook will also link to MySpace and LinkedIn social networking accounts. The presence of social networking inside Office 2010 is part of a broad strategy that Microsoft is implementing. The next version of Windows Live Messenger will also feature a social stream within the client, similar to the OSC. 

Microsoft Office 2010 hit RTM (release to manufacturing) on April 16, 2010. Microsoft is currently running an Office 2010 Technology Guarantee. Customers who purchase Office 2007, or a new PC with Office 2007, and activate it before September 30, 2010 will be offered a free upgrade to Office 2010. Copies will be available online, via download, at no additional cost.

The highly anticipated release of Office 2010 went through months of beta testing since November of last year. Copies of Office 2010 went on sale in June. In January Microsoft announced Office 2010 pricing. The professional edition retails for $499 boxed. Office 2010 is available in at least five different flavours, including a free version that includes Microsoft Word and Excel, but comes with limited functionality and includes advertisements. Office 2010 is also available as Starter, Home and Student, Home and Business, Professional and Professional Academic.

Microsoft's Facebook social connector is available at Microsoft's download center.

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Thanks for posting this- I work for M80 (a social media marketing firm hired by Microsoft) on the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 advertising campaign.

Just wanted to quickly mention that we are demonstrating several of the new Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 features on the Allure Bays Corp. microsite (http://www.allurebays.com). Check it out and feel free to send us comments on Twitter (@allurebays).

the420kid said,
im so glad we just dumped Exchange/Outlook for google corporate mail. major headache = gone


This is optional. Google created its own social network not too long ago.

Took long enough but it was well worth the wait for us 2010 user. It is a great social connector for home and work purposes. Way too go Ms.

I've downloaded the Outlook Social Connector, but when I try to install it I get the following error message:

"The expected version of the product was not found on the system."

Anyone know why that would happen?

Nighthawk-F117 said,
I've downloaded the Outlook Social Connector, but when I try to install it I get the following error message:

"The expected version of the product was not found on the system."
Anyone know why that would happen?


It doesn't like your version of Office. Is it older then 2007?

omnicoder said,

It doesn't like your version of Office. Is it older then 2007?

Nope, I've previously had 2003, and 2007 installed on this computer; but I'm now running 2010.

Co_Co said,
totally doesn't work. says invalid username password when i try to sign in to wlm or facebook. BS

Works fine for me, although its only partly useful TBH - saying that with linked in, msn and fb most emails in my inbox are now showing some kind of social activity for that person.

Seems to only work if the person has their email shown in their facebook profile, and the email there matches the one in outlook.

No way to manually link outlook contacts to facebook?

I had the same problem. My friend didnt share there email address with anyone. Asked them to just share it with me and that resolved it. But looks to be the required link between outlook and facebook

I'll stick it on my work pc tomorrow.. everyone at work knows I like to party, so hey

if you are so paranoid about keeping work and play private just set up your privacy controls accordingly..

Finally...took them long enough

I love it when people call MS Office Bloatware. As if you a few seconds in their day will make or break their "workflow". Get over it some of you. Don't like it - Fire up OpenOffice and have fun.

Outlook really needs less stuff running and not more.

Office is still my favorite "office" suite, but it runs dog-slow if you don't close it every now and then.

This seems like a real "at home" type feature...yet, Outlook isn't even included in the Office for Home and Student edition, so why bother?

At least give Home and Student edition of Office 2010 Outlook w/o Exchange support. Office:Mac Home and Student came with Entourage w/o Exchange support.... I don't use it, but I'm just sayin.

naap51stang said,
LOL, like outlook or the rest of MS Office isn't bloated enough?

How's it bloated? Office is separate applications, each designed for a different function.

naap51stang said,
LOL, like outlook or the rest of MS Office isn't bloated enough?

It's an optional addon, if you don't want it don't install it.

naap51stang said,
LOL, like outlook or the rest of MS Office isn't bloated enough?

It's bloated if you love ticking all checkboxes during installation LOL!!!

If you ask me, OpenOffice.org is the one that's bloated and slow, and destoys document formatting (why bother?).

naap51stang said,
LOL, like outlook or the rest of MS Office isn't bloated enough?

Another idiot who doesn't know what the word "bloated" means. *sigh*. Probably a Linux/OpenOffice user too.

ozyborn said,
Shaking the Magic 8 Ball. What is a great email program to use?

Answer:: Outlook does not look good.

I agree, who runs Outlook on their home computer? It is such a pig to use at work. I much rather use Gmail as it works anywhere i am at in a web browser with no software to install and all the hassles/security risks of client side software.

speckles said,

I agree, who runs Outlook on their home computer? It is such a pig to use at work. I much rather use Gmail as it works anywhere i am at in a web browser with no software to install and all the hassles/security risks of client side software.

Outlook is not for home use. Outlook is comparable to Lotus Notes -- for Enterprise, and is effectively a client for the Microsoft Exchange Server.

At home, use Windows Live Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird instead.

thenonhacker said,

Outlook is not for home use. Outlook is comparable to Lotus Notes -- for Enterprise, and is effectively a client for the Microsoft Exchange Server.

At home, use Windows Live Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird instead.

Ok, why is Microsoft releasing a Facebook plug-in for a corporate email platform? This does not make any sense, unless they are saying everyone should be using Facebook at work. I do not think that would go over well where i work. So this is a pointless/useless feature.

Odom said,
One more feature to block in enterprise environments...

You do know this needs to be installed; right? Last time I checked, most people don't have admin rights. Even if they did, most workplaces block social networking sites.

However, if you are like me, you can use a tool to get yourself admin rights and use a secure tunnel as a proxy with portable Firefox to go on these sites. Just saying. Thank god for dumb I.T. guys in my workplace.

Portable tools get blocked here, as well as any software that allows for tunneling. And yes, users don't have admin rights. However, you can always install something to a location you do have permissions to and as long as the protected registry part doesn't get written to. But we also have ways of blocking these

Odom said,
Portable tools get blocked here, as well as any software that allows for tunneling.

I never heard of portable tools getting blocked. They're running from my flash drive. Maybe you mean access to those sites i.e. portableapps.com, etc...

UndergroundWire said,

I never heard of portable tools getting blocked. They're running from my flash drive. Maybe you mean access to those sites i.e. portableapps.com, etc...

No. You can lock down flash drives to the point that executables cannot be run from them.

Lets hope this comes in 64 bit flavour as well, the linked in connector is 32 bit only, as well as CRM client for outlook!!

sort it out guys

duddut2 said,
Lets hope this comes in 64 bit flavour as well, the linked in connector is 32 bit only, as well as CRM client for outlook!!

sort it out guys

Yes to both of these please, crm is taking far too long...

Microsoft specifically recommends using the 32-bit build of Office 14 due to compatibility with add-ins such as this. Installing 64-bit and complaining about compatibility is kinda silly.

overkeel said,
Microsoft specifically recommends using the 32-bit build of Office 14 due to compatibility with add-ins such as this. Installing 64-bit and complaining about compatibility is kinda silly.

I'm only using 64 bit on my laptop as I'm handing large excel files for a customer at the moment - I know all about the recommendations and I'm not really moaning, more willing them to bring a 64 bit CRM plugin out....

I see the FB connector comes in 64 bit as well, so just linkedin on the connector front and CRM on the plugin front for me!

I'm going to need 2 profiles on Facebook if I'm going to use this in Outlook. One profile for drunken nights out and one for work

Redz0ne said,
I'm going to need 2 profiles on Facebook if I'm going to use this in Outlook. One profile for drunken nights out and one for work

that was my first thought, i wouldn't dream of tying my Facebook profile into my email, i've got over 1400 friends that talk crap and i don't like the idea of having 2 profiles so i'll be giving this a miss.

Uplift said,

that was my first thought, i wouldn't dream of tying my Facebook profile into my email, i've got over 1400 friends that talk crap and i don't like the idea of having 2 profiles so i'll be giving this a miss.

Gads!
Sounds horrendous to me!!

Another socially diseased program spreading around that crap!!