Microsoft have publically released the Facebook and Windows Live Outlook Connectors, to complement the LinkedIn and MySpace connectors that were made available previously
Outlook Social Connectors enable you to link your social networking profiles into an aggregated view, which for me is a huge time saver and reduces my need to visit the actual site as frequently as I may have otherwise done.
To install the connectors, Outlook 2010 requires an update (KB983403) so the connectors can be installed.
The KB983493 update can be installed via Windows Update or from the links below.
Update for Outlook Social Connector (KB983403)
32Bit Edition (osc-kb983403-fullfile-x64-en-us.exe)
64Bit Edition (osc-kb983403-fullfile-x86-en-us.exe)
Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook
32Bit Edition (OSCFB-x86-en-us.exe)
64Bit Edition (OSCFB-x64-en-us.exe)
Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger
32Bit Edition (OSCWL-x64-en-us.exe)
64Bit Edition (OSCWL-x64-en-us.exe)
Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for LinkedIn
32Bit Edition (LinkedInOutlookConnector.exe)
Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for MySpace
32Bit Edition (MySpaceForOutlook.exe)
Installation is easy with a license agreement and an Install dialogue.
Once Outlook is opened then you are asked to present your credentials.
Each account is then validated
and if you are successful then a confirmation dialogue is displayed.
Once installed Outlook 2010 presents a similar view.