Outlook / Facebook Social Connector out today

Mike Halsey MVP
Jul 13, 2010
Updated • Nov 30, 2012
Facebook, Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft is going to release the Facebook social connector for Outlook later today according to Neowin.  The connector allows you to integrate your Facebook contacts into Outlook to view things like their status updates.  It's a good way to keep in touch with people, though businesses might find the concept irritating.

Many people were expecting this to have been released with the new Office 2010 suite recently but news soon came that it might be some time before it was released.

The Connector provides a stream of information from SharePoint, Windows Live and Social networking sites.  The connector is built into Outlook 2010 but will be available to download as a plug-in for Outlook 2003 and 2007.

The forthcoming version of Windows Live Messenger will also feature social networking integration and this is a tool that can prove useful in the business space if utilised properly.

The Outlook Social Connector (OSC) should be available for download later today.

UPDATE : You can now download the Outlook Social Connector HERE.

The Outlook Social Connector allows you to synchronize your contact data right into Outlook and obtain information about your friends and colleagues. You can also see status updates from various networks and recently posted files.

Use the Outlook Social Connector to display a quick view of related Outlook content when you click on an email from a contact, such as recent e-mail conversations, meetings, and shared attachments.

Developers can connect and feed social streams from line-of-business applications or integrate their solutions directly into Outlook.

The social connector is available for Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 only. It is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, and requires Windows Search 4.0 on XP and Vista.


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  1. wow said on November 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    are u serious? sounds freakin awesome to me wowwww :)

    now i can check it during school hours

  2. Corey Christiansen said on July 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks for posting this- I work for M80 (a social media marketing firm hired by Microsoft) on the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 advertising campaign.

    Just wanted to quickly mention that we are demonstrating several of the new Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 features on the Allure Bays Corp. microsite (http://www.allurebays.com). Check it out and feel free to send us comments on Twitter (@allurebays).

  3. Oliver said on July 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    great news. i installed it right but have little problem. maybe someone already found a solution. some of my contacts are “linked” to facebook very well and instantly, others not. like outlook cannot find them. strange.

  4. B. Moore said on July 13, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    if you can do a post that would be great!

  5. B. Moore said on July 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I can you do a post on how this new tool from Microsoft stands up to Xobni http://www.xobni.com

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