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Outlook Social Connector for Facebook and LinkedIn

Outlook Social Connector enables you to connect to social network sites like Facebook and LinkedIn from Microsoft Outlook and view your contacts profile, status and posts on social networking websites. Microsoft Outlook users can stay up to date with the status of their friends from private life, or colleagues from office or either contacts from web if they use the same social network site and of course if the Outlook related social connector is enabled on the Microsoft Outlook messaging tool.

One last note about Outlook Social Connectors, unfortunately LinkedIn, Facebook, and other apps for Outlook Social Connectors are no longer supported. Please visit support.office.com for more detail on Outlook Social Connector for various social networks.

Outlook People Pane

Right now, I can connect to networking sites Facebook, LinkedIn and Sharepoint web sites from my Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 using the Outlook Social Connector. Update from social networks about your contacts are displayed at the bottom part of the reading pane and it is minized by default.

Microsoft Outlook people pane

People Pane is in one of the following states: Normal, Minimized, or Off
Following is the normal view where the Facebook profile updates and posts are displayed.

Outlook people pane with updates from Outlook social connector

In normal view of People pane, not only posts from social network are displayed. But also previous emails, Microsoft Lync conversations are also listed to view your messaging history all in one place.
People pane is formed of following tabs grouping conversation history into seperate tabs enabling the Outlook user to find what he or she is looking for faster. People pane has tabs named: All, What's New, Mail, Attachments, and Meetings. All these tabs have different functions and features for Outlook users.

Office Outlook people pane functions

Display your Outlook Social Connector Accounts for Social Networks

Using below Social Network Accounts settings page, Outlook users can set their social networking accounts for Facebook and LinkedIn by providing their username and passwords. To display Social Network Accounts settings screen in Outlook, switch to View tab on main menu. Then click to People Pane and press Account Settings...

configure Outlook to connect to social networks

Outlook collects profile updates and social network status while it is working.

social networks available for Outlook using Outlook Social Connector

If you enter the related social web site for example Facebook account credentials, you can customize following settings for your Outlook Social Connector:
Access social network updates,
By default, show photos and information from this network when available

Facebook social network account settings for Outlook access

Connect Facebook from Outlook using Outlook Social Connector

To add Facebook social network as a source for the Outlook Social Connector and add your contacts from Facebook to follow their updates within Outlook, you have to provide your Facebook credentials first. You can display the Account Settings page either from People Pane Account Settings as described above, or using the File > Info > Account Settings > Social Network Accounts selections.

Microsoft Office Outlook Social Network Accounts

Mark Facebook, enter your email address and password you used during Facebook registration. Then press Connect. When authorization is successful you can close the screen by Finish button.

configure social network account for displaying Facebook updates from Outlook

Connect LinkedIn using Outlook Social Connector

To enable Outlook Social Connector for LinkedIn, switch to View tab then click to People Pane. Press Account Settings.
If LinkedIn is not active as a social network source for your contacts activities, it will be unmarked. Mark LinkedIn if you want to activate your LinkedIn account for Outlook Social Connector and get updates from your LinkedIn contacts.

Enter your LinkedIn username (registered email address) and your LinkedIn password for authorization. You can mark "By default, show photos and information from this network when available" checkbox which is not marked by default. Then press Connect button.

LinkedIn account setting for Outlook connection

If you are using Office 365, you can add LinkedIn as LinkedIn app for Outlook from Office Store by following the link Social Media apps for Outlook

LinkedIn app for Outlook in social network category

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