This past year, Microsoft announced the launch of the social connector, a new feature for Microsoft Outlook 2010 that will link social network feeds directly to your Outlook inbox.
The first to partner with this new feature was LinkedIn, but Microsoft promised other social networks would soon follow. Microsoft recently fulfilled that promise by announcing that Facebook and Windows Live Messenger have now been integrated into Microsoft Outlook. Right now, this integration is only for Outlook 2010 beta, but Microsoft plans to release the plugin for Outlook 2003 and 2007.
This new feature will not only will pull Facebook profile photos, but will also pull the latest newsfeeds of your contacts directly to your inbox. While you are reading your emails, you will be able to see photos, latest feeds, wall posts, and various other content. Microsoft also announced that this info will work on a live feed so there will be no need to refresh anything. Microsoft did say that Outlook social connector does have it limits though. Outlook will only be able to pull data from Facebook. The ability to “Like” posts or update statuses will not be available for now.
Microsoft is hoping this new feature will be useful in the business world by making email more sociable. Being able to know exactly what your clients are thinking will be a major asset in the digital marketing world.