LinkedIn Details Integration with Microsoft Outlook Social Connector

LinkedIn offered more details on its integration into the public beta version of Microsoft’s Outlook Social Connector, announced last week, in a post on the LinkedIn Blog by director of product management Elliot Shmukler. Highlights and a video follow:

This past November, we announced a partnership between Microsoft and LinkedIn to bring your LinkedIn Professional Network right within your Microsoft Outlook Inbox.

I’m happy to say that a beta version of this functionality is now available.

Here’s what you can do today to start leveraging your professional network within Outlook:

Download the latest version of the Outlook Social Connector from Microsoft (Outlook 2003, 2007, or 2010 is required).

Once that is installed, download the LinkedIn Outlook Connector.

Restart your Outlook and follow the instructions to connect your LinkedIn account to Outlook.

As soon as LinkedIn and Outlook are connected, Outlook will start bringing in information about your LinkedIn network. You should then start seeing profile photos and LinkedIn activity for any connection that emails you.

Keep track of what your LinkedIn connections are working on and thinking about. See the latest activity for any LinkedIn connection who emails you right at the bottom of that email. See who they are connecting with, the articles they are reading and sharing, and the questions they are asking and answering. If they have a profile photo, you’ll see that, too.

Get the latest contact information for your professional connections — email addresses, profile details, and photos from your LinkedIn connections will start appearing in an Outlook Contacts folder named “LinkedIn” — so now you’ll always have the latest contact information from LinkedIn close at hand. You’ll also be able to email your LinkedIn connections by just typing their name into the Outlook “To:” box and letting Outlook fill in the rest.

Grow your LinkedIn network with ease — click the green “Add” icon next to any email sender to easily invite them to join your professional network on LinkedIn.