Earlier this week, Microsoft released a social connector for Outlook 2003 and 2007. Once the new social connector is installed, the LinkedIn provider can be installed.

This social connector is also works with the Outlook 2010 Beta and is a required update if the user wants to use the . The beta connector needs to be uninstalled if the user wants to install the new build and the LinkedIn provider. However, users with Outlook 2010 RC do not need to install the social connector update in order to use the LinkedIn provider.

Users with multiple profiles should note that the connector and provider currently support just one Outlook profile.

The provider creates a LinkedIn contacts folder and the LinkedIn contacts are copied to Outlook, including profile pictures. The contacts are separate from your default Outlook contacts, but it’s still another contacts folder in your mailbox.

In coming months, connectors are expected for Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social services, as well as 64-bit versions of the provider. The new connector is not supported in the Click to Run version as click to run is updated automatically, however we don’t know when this will happen.

Outlook Social Connector for Outlook 2003/2007/2010 (32-bit Beta)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c87e257c-d76f-4785-a09b-af36babd6e32&displaylang=en

 

 

 

Developers can learn more about creating providers for the social connector by visiting
Developing an Outlook Social Connector Provider
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee829696(office.14).aspx