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Written by:SuperUser Account
7/14/2010 9:37 AM RssIcon

By Ben Parr

Microsoft has integrated Facebook (Facebook) and Windows Live Messenger (Windows Live Messenger) into Outlook, bringing the newsfeeds of millions of Facebook users into inboxes across the world.

Last year, Microsoft launched Outlook Social Connector, a plugin that syncs social networking feeds with your Outlook contacts, giving you immediate data on what they are doing and thinking. It started last year with LinkedIn (LinkedIn) integration, followed by promises that MySpace and Facebook were coming.

Today, Outlook completes the cycle with not only Facebook integration, but support for Windows Live Messenger as well. The company is releasing the plugin for Outlook 2003 and 2007 users as well, bringing Facebook, MySpace (MySpace), LinkedIn, and Windows Live Messenger to millions of business and personal inboxes worldwide.

Last week, we got a sneak peek at the new Outlook at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Here’s what you can expect from the new Facebook integration, as well some features that you can expect in the near future:


Facebook + Outlook = Realtime Contact Data

Facebook and Microsoft worked together to get the launch of Facebook’s integration in Outlook Social Connector right. Facebook’s Strategic Partner Manager Rick Armbrust told us that they worked closely with the Office team to make the experience more social. One of the things he immediately highlighted was the pulling of Facebook profile pictures into Outlook.

The entire experience is a step above the Outlook-LinkedIn integration, which itself was pretty strong. Not only does it pull Facebook profile photos so that you can associate a name to a face, but it pulls the newsfeeds of your contacts into your inbox. When you’re looking at someone’s e-mail, you’ll also get a glance at their status updates, picture uploads and wall posts, among other activities.

When you combine that with LinkedIn, MySpace, Windows Live Messenger, and Outlook data, you get a very detailed history of your interaction with your contacts, as well as an at-a-glance look at their activities and interests. Knowing that a potential client just returned from a trip to Hawaii can be all that you need to have the upper hand against your competition.

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Featured Microsoft Partners

 

Altico Advisors! 
Office Location:  Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States
Type:  Reseller
Industry Focus:  Manufacturing, Distribution, Software Development, Professional Services, Medical Device


Altico Advisors implements & supports business & financial management solutions for mid-market firms throughout New England, New York & New Jersey. Altico is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in Dynamics GP systems for manufacturers, distributors, software development companies, professional services organizations, and the medical device sector.

 

 

IPM Global 
Office Location:  Portland, Oregon, United States
Type:  ISV
Industry Focus:  AEC Industry ( Architect , Engineering , Construction ) or any business that manages large projects


IPM Global is a Partner led software development company that specialises in developing and delivering current platform business software for the AEC Vertical market which includes construction, engineering and project related industries. With over 20 years of first-hand experience working and implementing solutions for these industries, IPM Global understand what our customers want and need to bring their budgets in on time – or ahead of budget to deliver those welcome bonus’s.

 

 

Avastone Technologies LLC 
Office Location:  Little Chute, Wisconsin, United States
Type:  VAR
Industry Focus:  Avastone Technologies, LLC has provided quality services to a vast array of industries, including: distribution, retail, service, government, not-for-profit, equipment sales and service, manufacturing, casinos, and job shop. We have industry-specific solutions for any industry.


Avastone Technologies, LLC is a Microsoft Gold Partner devoted to clients with the Microsoft Dynamics GP, CRM, and SharePoint solution. With offices located in the Fox Cities, Milwaukee, and Chicago-land area, Avastone services clients through the Midwest. We have been representing Microsoft Dynamics for over 20 years... longer than anyone in the state of Wisconsin.

 

 

Cortland Computer Services, Inc. 
Office Location:  Middlesex, , United States
Type:  Reseller
Industry Focus:  SMB


Cortland Computer Services, Inc. was founded in January of 1993 to provide a wide range of computer services to legal and general business clients in central New Jersey.

 

 

Clarity Ventures 
Office Location:  Austin, TX, United States
Type: 
Industry Focus:  Website and eCommerce integration with Microsoft ERP systems


Clarity Ventures addresses key areas for our clients. They come to us needing an improved web presence and enterprise level, customizable business software solutions. From our initial conversation through to project completion, Clarity Ventures delivers a solid, proven roadmap for delivering an effective, timely solution.

 

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