Kirk Evans is a Microsoft Architect for the Azure Center of Excellence.
Introduction to SharePoint and Azure IaaS
Building SharePoint Apps with Windows Azure Platform as a Service
SharePoint Solutions and Architectures on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services
Understanding Authentication and Permissions with Apps for SharePoint and Office
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.
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
Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger