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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

 

Mi-Co 
Office Location:  Durham, North Carolina, United States
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Other
Industry Focus:  Healthcare, Government, Field Services, Financial, Insurance, Construction


Mi-Co, a leading provider of mobile data collection solutions, provides software to automate paper forms-based business processes for organizations. Mi-Corporations Mi-Forms Enterprise Mobility solution empowers field personal to enter any data, anywhere with the industry's most flexible e-forms designer.

 

 

Quantum Whisper 
Office Location:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator
Industry Focus:  Software development and fellow ISVs using Dynamics CRM and Microsoft TFS.


Quantum Whisper is a boutique software company delivering integration solutions for Dynamics CRM. Our flagship product, TFS Support Manager, integrates CRM cases and Team Foundation Sever (TFS).

 

 

HighJump TrueCommerce EDI Solutions 
Office Location:  Cranberry Township, , United States
Type:  ISV
Industry Focus: 



 

 

Blackcreek Technologies 
Office Location:  Stratford, ON, Canada
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,VAR
Industry Focus:  General - Applicable to All


Blackcreek Technologies is a dynamic company dedicated to providing integrated business technology solutions and improvements to our valued customers. We believe in our abilities. We provide exceptional service. We are a diverse group of dedicated professionals who specialize in providing complete and pro-active solutions for businesses.

 

 

NCC Data 
Office Location:  Addison, Texas, United States
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Reseller
Industry Focus:  NCC Data specializes in IT Outsourcing. We consult with companies in order to help maximize employee’s productivity with the goal of reducing costs.


NCC Data has grown to one of the top independently owned IT services and communications companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Why? Our clients come first. It’s important to us as a company to give each and every client the best in cost-effective innovation, strategies, service and professionalism.

 

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