Hey … You Got Facebook All Over My Outlook!
Hey … You got Outlook all over my Facebook! Two great tastes that taste great together.
Office 2010, due out in June, will feature the Outlook Social Connector, which will integrate Facebook status updates from your family and friends into your mailbox. MySpace — if it’s still around — and LinkedIn, too. (You can play with a beta version of LinkedIn for Outlook today if you want. Facebook and MySpace will launch in June.)
Let us hope that Microsoft does a better job of protecting users’ privacy than another (cough) well-known tech company did last week.
If I was in IT, I’m nososure I’d think this was a marriage made in heaven. It has the potential to be a huge time-waster. Internet access is a given in most workplaces, so you’re gonna have a certain amount of Facebook-checking throughout the day. It’s inevitable. Some companies block Facebook, but most just turn a blind eye to it. That’s passively tolerating social networking. But plugging Facebook into Outlook? That means you’re actively encouraging social networking. That won’t fly in most places.