Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn added to Outlook Social Connector Beta Plugin

Microsoft is taking another step toward turning Outlook, its desktop e-mail program, into a hub for information from popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, with the "beta" version of “Outlook Social Connector,” an add-on for Outlook. When a user clicks to read an e-mail message, a new pane on the main e-mail […]

Microsoft is taking another step toward turning Outlook, its desktop e-mail program, into a hub for information from popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, with the "beta" version of “Outlook Social Connector,” an add-on for Outlook. When a user clicks to read an e-mail message, a new pane on the main e-mail reading screen fills with sender's most recent social-networking activities. That could be that sender's new Facebook status update or a newly added professional contact on the business networking site LinkedIn. Microsoft updated the Social Connector software, and LinkedIn released the first outside plug-in for the feature. With LinkedIn for Outlook, you’ll be able to: Connect LinkedIn account to view colleagues’ status updates and photos right next to an e-mail they just sent you; Get colleagues’ latest contact info from LinkedIn updated into their contact card in Outlook; Grow your professional network directly from within your inbox. Once live, Facebook and MySpace integration will enable users to bring social components into Outlook, such as profile pictures, photos and status updates. These partnerships, as well as an open API for anyone to build a connector for a social network, demonstrate the commitment to evolving Office 2010 to help people improve their productivity, stay in touch with the people they care about, and simplify their daily routine. Similar features are already offered by the Outlook plugin Xobni.

Download: Outlook Social Connector | LinkedIn plugin