Microsoft Outlook Social Connector (OSC) provides a communication hub for personal and professional communications. Just by selecting an Outlook item such as an email or meeting request and clicking the sender or a recipient in that item, without leaving Outlook, users can see in the People Pane activities, photos, and status updates of this person on their favorite social networks. Users can conveniently see all the Outlook emails, attachments, and meetings received from this person. In an organizational environment, users collaborating on a Microsoft SharePoint site can also see in the People Pane document updates and other site activities of this person on the SharePoint site. (Thanks Randy)A social network can develop a provider for the OSC to synchronize and surface social network updates in Outlook. Popular social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, and Windows Live are offering providers for the OSC.Outlook Social Connector Software – provides you with more ways to connect and stay up-to-date with friends and colleagues required by all Outlook Social Connectors (below):
- Facebook Social Connector allows you to connect your Facebook account to the Outlook Social Connector and obtain information about your friends and colleagues. You can see status updates and recently posted items from your Facebook contacts.
- LinkedIn Social Connector – brings together communications history, contact information, and professional and social networking information into the Outlook experience.
- MySpace Social Connector – enables you to view activity updates for friends and colleagues in the People Pane, synchronize your MySpace contact list to your Outlook contacts, and get one-click access to profiles.
- Windows Live Messenger Connector displays a quick view of related Outlook content when you click on an email from a contact, such as recent e-mail conversations, meetings, and shared attachments to help you easily track your communications.
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