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Integrate Social Networking Platforms with Office Professional Plus

By Ken Withee, Jennifer Reed

Office Professional Plus includes new set of features to help you keep track of your social networks through the Outlook Social Connector. When you connect Outlook to Facebook, LinkedIn, SharePoint My Sites, Windows Live Messenger, Viadeo, and Xing, your friends’ and colleagues’ current status from their social networking site will auto-magic-ally display right into your Inbox.

While you are reading an e-mail from a colleague, glance down at the People Pane in the bottom-right corner to see the picture, name, title, and an aggregated collection of information about the sender, including the current status from social networking sites. You can even “friend” someone on Facebook or add someone to your LinkedIn network right from Outlook.


Installing the Outlook Social Connector requires two downloads for Outlook 2007 and 2003 users: the Outlook Social Connector app, and the social network provider files (Facebook, LinkedIn, and so on).

For Office Professional Plus or Office 2010 users, the Outlook Social Connector app is already installed.

To integrate social networking into Outlook, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the View tab and click the People Pane icon.

  2. From the drop-down menu, select Account Settings.

  3. Click Next on the window that pops up.

  4. Click the link to View social network providers available online.

  5. Select the provider files by clicking on the icon (Facebook, LinkedIn, and so on) from the browser that opens up and follow the instructions outlined on the web page to install the provider file.

    After you install the provider files, you will be asked to restart Outlook.

  6. After Outlook is restarted, repeat Steps 1 through 3.

    The Social Network Accounts window appears.

  7. Select the accounts you want to connect to, enter your user information for each of the social networks, and then click Connect.


  8. If the connection was successful, you see a green check mark to the left of the social networking icon. Click Finish.