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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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Type:  Systems Integrator
Industry Focus:  Professional Services, Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Financial Services, Legal, and Manufacturing


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Type:  VAR
Industry Focus:  Manufacturing, Distribution, Professional Services, Government, Healthcare


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Industry Focus:  Healthcare, Distribution and Aviation


Sherwood Systems is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner dedicated to providing Microsoft Dynamics GP and CRM software solutions in the Arizona and New Mexico areas that increase efficiency and improve business processes. Sherwood Systems specializes in... Implementation and customization of Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains), a robust accounting and supply chain management software solution scalable to a number of industries such as Distribution, Manufacturing, Not for Profit and more Implementation and customization of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, a complete customer relationship management solution for all business types Industry specific software for Distribution, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Credit Unions, Not for Profit, Aviation and Concrete Ready Mix For more information on Sherwood Systems, download five reasons to put your trust in us for all your ERP and CRM software needs: http://www.sherwood.com/pdf/Top5Reasons.pdf.

 

 

 
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