For any of you like me, that considered the LinkedIn Social Connector for Outlook 2010 to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, then you will be happy to know that this Social Connector now comes standard with Outlook 2013. Prior to Outlook 2013, this was a separately downloadable and installable component. This component is now built right into the Outlook 2013 framework.
For those of you that have not used the LinkedIn Social Connector in Outlook; both the downloadable connector for 2010 and the standard connector with 2013 offer all the same great features. It allows you to pull all your LinkedIn contacts into a separate searchable contact list in Outlook. You can use that contact list like any other in Outlook. It also lets you add contacts from Outlook into your LinkedIn account.
Furthermore, it populates photos of people throughout Outlook with their LinkedIn profile picture. So, if you are emailing one of your LinkedIn contacts, or they are emailing you, their LinkedIn profile picture will show up on that email.
If you also expand the People Pane, the What’s New tab, will list any activity that person has shared on LinkedIn, such as new connections, or, LinkedIn profile updates.
To set up the LinkedIn Social Connector in Outlook 2013 simply follow these steps:
- If you were using the LinkedIn Social Connector in Outlook 2010 then uninstall the old standalone social connector from Programs and Features in the Control Panel (Add/Remove Programs in older versions of Windows)
- Go to the File menu in Outlook,
- Under the Info tab click Account and Social Network Settings drop-down button.
- Select Social Network Accounts
- Check the box for LinkedIn.
- Enter your LinkedIn User Name and Password.
- Optionally you may wish to select Remember my password.
- Optionally you may wish to select By default, show photos and information from this network when available.
- Click the Connect button.
- Click the Finish button.
There you have it. Happy socializing!