Now Available: Your Professional Network within Microsoft Outlook

February 17, 2010

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:

  1. Download the latest version of the Outlook Social Connector from Microsoft (Outlook 2003, 2007, or 2010 is required)
  2. Once that is installed, download the LinkedIn Outlook Connector
  3. 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 e-mails you.

Here’s a quick one-minute demo (key benefits after the jump):