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Tips and Tricks: The Outlook Social Connector

We are always on the lookout for new and exciting tools to help our clients increase productivity.

The Outlook Social Connector might not be classified as new anymore, but it is exciting! If you are familiar with this tool please stop reading, but if this is news to you, read on.

The nice thing about this Microsoft-made tool is that it is free! The Outlook Social Connector (OSC) integrates social media sites with your existing Microsoft Outlook software. The OSC is a great way to quickly see what your contact history has been with a specific person and check their status updates on social media sites, such as LinkedIn. It organizes items into sections including:

– Activities (social media related)
– Mail
– Attachments
– Meetings
– Status Updates (social media related)

On top of all this it pulls the person’s profile picture from the social media site to provide you with a visual reference of who you are speaking with. Here is an example of what you would see if you connected to Rob at Sea to Sky:

Outlook Social Connector Sample

This connector has been out for some time now, but some of our clients have not heard about it; therefore, we wanted to put it out there for everyone to try! Microsoft Office has a great blog article discussing the features of the OSC here: (http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-outlook/archive/2009/11/18/announcing-the-outlook-social-connector.aspx)

If you would like to install the connector on your computer give a Sea to Sky technician a call at 604.628.6970.

Happy Computing!

– Sea to Sky Team

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