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Outlook as Uber Portal?

February 17, 2010 8:06:24.347

I've never been a fan of Outlook - this is mostly a matter of personal taste, not a commentary on quality, real or perceived. Having said that, I see that Microsoft wants to turn the software into a hub for everything you do online:

On Wednesday, Microsoft is releasing a "beta" test version of the Outlook Social Connector. The add-on software, which was first discussed last November, adds a new pane to the main e-mail reading screen on Outlook. When a user clicks to read an e-mail message, the new pane fills up with the sender's most recent social-networking activities. Those could include the addition of a professional contact on LinkedIn or a "what I'm doing now" status update from Facebook.

The interesting thing from further down in the article is that there's no "push" capability - i.e., no way to update those streams from Outlook. Heck, I can do that from BottomFeeder, so it's not that hard. I understand the idea, but I have no idea why they would leave it half done...

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posted by James Robertson

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