Features of Microsoft® Outlook 2010 Social Connector
What are the features and uses of Microsoft Outlook 2010 Social Connector?
Social connector is a new feature in Microsoft Outlook 2010. The Microsoft Outlook Social Connector (OSC) provides a communication hub for professional and personal communications. You can conveniently see all the Outlook e-mails, attachments, and meetings received from this person. A social network can help a provider for the Microsoft Outlook Social Connector to synchronize and surface social network updates in Microsoft Outlook. It provides Reference that describes how to develop an OSC provider using OSC provider extensibility. It can pull information from MySpace and LinkedIn as well as connect internally with a SharePoint 2010 server to receive work-oriented updates, such as newly tagged documents and site activity. You have to download a provider for each network; planned providers include Windows Live and Facebook.
The main features and uses of Microsoft Outlook 2010 Social Connector are given below:
- Uses of Microsoft Outlook 2010 Social Connector
- Communication history and meetings
- Attachments and activity feeds
Uses of Microsoft Outlook 2010 Social Connector
You can use this to reach out to friends in your favorite social network. With Outlook Social Connector, you can expand your social networks and stay up to date without leaving Microsoft Outlook. Popular social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Windows Live are offering providers for the OSC. Without leaving Microsoft Outlook, you can see in the People Pane, activities, photos, and status updates of this person on their favorite social networks by just selecting an Outlook item such as an e-mail or meeting request and clicking the sender or a recipient in that item.
Communication history and meetings
The Microsoft Outlook Social Connector provides communication history. It keeps a rich history of the communication for each person that sends you messages with one-click access to the most recent messages and attachments. If you can’t remember the person whom you e- mailed last time, a quick look at the OSC would reveal the last time you received an e-mail from them, and one click opens up the message. It also shows the upcoming appointments that include you and the message sender.
You can quickly review attachments that you and the sender have exchanged with the OSC. Just with one click, you can access the attachment or you can see the message that it is attached to. It connects to business and consumer social networks and stays on top of activities involving your colleagues and friends in real time. Through people pane, you can get the name, picture, and title of your colleagues whenever you read a message from them. You can synchronize your colleagues with Microsoft Outlook and keep them up to date as their information changes. A public SDK of OSC allows anyone to build a connection with business or consumer social networks.
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