Feeds

Microsoft's Outlook gorges on Web2.0 junk food

Pulls on elasticated Facebook pants. Mmm, roomy

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Web 2.0 sufferers can now plug their Facebook and Windows Live accounts directly into Microsoft’s Outlook Social Connector tentacle, which the software giant first announced in November last year.

“You can view your social network as you look through your e-mail to stay connected with your friends, family and colleagues,” said Microsoft in a blog post today.

The idea behind the tool is for Microsoft to entice users to spend more time on their online and email client estate, rather than seeing customers wander over to Facebook to feed their stalking fix.

Microsoft, however, prefers to think of the feature as being useful for those customers whose lives are simply too hectic to involve any direct Facebook time.

“The Outlook Social Connector doesn't add another social network into the mix; rather it offers busy people the convenience of accessing them in Outlook.”

It’s been made available as a download not just for Office 2010 customers - which the feature was originally built for - but also for 2003 and 2007 editions of Microsoft’s Outlook email client.

In February this year the company inked deals with LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook, allowing the Web 2.0 outfits to embed their tech in the OSC. Neither Twitter nor indeed Google’s privacy-lite Buzz (perish the thought) were included in that agreement.

MySpace was the first to spill its guts on Outlook 2010 in March when the email client was still in beta. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine
Open source? In the government? Ha ha! What, wait ...?
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.