The Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook is now available!

I’ll admit, I am a huge Facebook fan.  I have come to use it more than any other social network.  That’s why I was excited to see the Outlook Social Connector for Facebook announced.  I installed it, and already am seeing all of my contacts light up with Facebook update information.  Here is a snapshot of an email from my co-worker and friend, David Jung.

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One of my favorite features is something seemingly trivial, pulling a contact’s picture from the social networking site and displaying it.  I meet a LOT of people at customer accounts and conferences, I am really good with recognizing faces but horrible with remembering names.  Having a face to go with a name is extremely useful.

Notice the Facebook and LinkedIn notifications in the bottom pane of the email window?  You wouldn’t believe how helpful this can be.  I have started to write emails to contacts, only to see the answer to the email already posted to a social network.  I am able to add a personal touch to emails by mentioning recent updates to social networks.  I can even see posts that are marked as public for contacts that I am not currently friends with, and I can add them as a friend on that social network through the connector as well. 

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook

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