Outlook Gets Social with LinkedIn, Facebook, and MySpace

Last week I discovered a new interesting function on Outlook. It’s the Outlook Social Connector and it allows you to link your social network accounts into Outlook 2010 Beta.

You can see a demonstration here
http://blogs.msdn.com/outlook/archive/2010/02/17/Outlook-Gets-Social-with-LinkedIn_2C00_-Facebook_2C00_-and-MySpace.aspx

I tried to install it yesterday, but I had few problems, with outlook crashing immediately after the upgrade.
It turned out that the Outlook Social Connector coming with Office 2010 Beta is not totally compatible with the plug-in released by Linkedin and you have to upgrade OSC to the latest beta version that you can download here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c87e257c-d76f-4785-a09b-af36babd6e32&displaylang=en.

This setup however does not upgrade the default OSC, so you’ll have to uninstall it first, install the updated version and finally install the linked in plugin from here http://www.linkedin.com/outlook.

How to uninstall the default OSC:

From: http://blogs.msdn.com/outlook/pages/help-with-updating-the-outlook-social-connector-in-the-outlook-2010-beta.aspx

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After you’ve installed everything correctly, you’ll see a new folder on your contacts in Outlook with all your Linked in accounts

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You can copy all your contacts from The LinkedIn folder to your Contacts folder (so you can synchronize all of them with your Phone, since outlook synchronize just the Contacts folder), and Outlook will merge the duplicated contacts for you

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One of the most interesting functions introduced by OSC is the integration of your contact’s social stream in their profiles, so you can see what they are doing in every social network.

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This can be a good thing, and can be a very bad one, especially if you integrate Facebook and merge your non professional social activities with your professional one.

So, mind your profiles, and enjoy OSC

 

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