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Make the Connection

Make the Connection

So far we’ve looked at how Outlook connects to networks and displays updates. Before you install the provider, the People Pane is limited to displaying only Outlook-related information about the contact such as e-mails, attachments, meetings, and so on (see Figure 2).

Figure 2 The email message before connecting to LinkedIn.

Now, we’ll step through the process of installing the LinkedIn social network provider and viewing updates in Outlook:

  1. Download and install the LinkedIn add-in for Outlook.
  2. Click the button labeled Download It Now.
  3. Click Run on the File Download dialog. This opens the LinkedIn Outlook Connector Setup wizard.
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the License Agreement page, click I Agree.
  6. On the choose Install Location page, click Install. You may see an additional prompt dialog; click OK.
  7. On the final page, click Finish to complete the installation and exit the wizard.
  8. If you already have another social network provider installed, the Microsoft Outlook Social Network Accounts form appears. If this form does not appear, open it by clicking View > People Pane > Account Settings.
  9. This opens a wizard to connect Outlook to your online social networks. Click Next on the Social Network Accounts screen.
  10. Click the LinkedIn checkbox. Enter your user name and password, and then click Connect. Typically, your LinkedIn user name is your e-mail address. If you’re not sure what e-mail address is associated with your LinkedIn account, you can go to LinkedIn and check.
  11. Click Finish. A screen appears after you successfully connect. Click Close.

Now that you have installed a social network provider and connected to that network through Outlook, you can see updates for people with whom you have exchanged e-mail, set up meetings, or added to your contacts (see Figure 3).

Figure 3 The email message after connecting to LinkedIn.

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