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Microsoft leaks its latest web browser – IE9 to resemble Chrome

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Leaked Screenshot

An “accidental” leaked screencast appeared today of Microsoft’s next web browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). It’s slimmed down profile resembles the Google Chrome browser .

Facebook Finally Hooks up With Outlook

…our goal is to help you stay in touch
with the people you care about,
and simplify your daily routine.

— Paco Contreras Herrera, Group Product Manager, MS Office

Now you can surf the web and stay connected with your network.
All from the comfort of your Inbox.

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector connects your email inbox to Facebook with a plugin for Outlook.

This is not another social network site. As Microsoft puts it, the Facebook plugin “offers busy people the convenience of accessing them in Outlook.”

Business Embracing Employee Social Networking?

Business may want to adapt the Outlook Facebook plugin. As reported in Information Week, estimates of employee non-business online activities at the workplace average of between 30 and 75 minutes per day.
With the use of online social networks growing, companies have seen
an increasing number of employees accessing the sites in the workplace.
A recent Cisco-sponsored study of 512 IT decision-makers in the United States,
Japan, Germany, China, and India found that 56% determined that employees
used unsupported applications. Of those, 68% were accessing social networking sites.
Information Week, Microsoft Outlook enhances Facebook Integration

Benefits to using the Outlook Social Connector Facebook plugin include:

  1. Easy install downloadable plugin or update for Outlook 2010 users.
  2. Provides real-time updates in the Outlook “People Pane.”
  3. Synchs contacts with Facebook profiles to get friends’ pictures, contact details
  4. Adds recent conversations.
  5. Shows shared appointments.
  6. Displays profile and status updates.

Drawbacks? The jury is out this early in its release. The only detractor is that Social Connector is a one way receiver. It does not enable broadcast of status updates. At least, not yet.

Privacy?

Seems Microsoft has weighed the privacy concerns tied to your contacts too. According to Mashable, “Outlook will only pull data from e-mails connected to Facebook accounts. If your business e-mail isn’t linked to your Facebook, your data stream won’t appear in Outlook Social Connector.”

Want to learn more?

Read the full post on the Microsoft Office blog here.

Download Microsoft Social Connector here.

Get the Microsoft Outlook Social Connector provider for Facebook here.

Watch the video on Microsoft Social Connector and Facebook.

Related articles

Whoa! Microsoft’s losing $2BN annually?

Ouch! Headline says it all.

See below graph and story via Silicon Valley Insider whose Chart of the Day details Microsoft’s operating income.

via Silicon Valley Insider

Google increases dominance while Microsoft Bing drops

Google search dominates US and global markets. Bing drops. Yahoo Search falls too.Google_Yahoo_Bing

A recent Mashable post on search market share that shows Google dominating both the US and global markets.

According to Experian Hitwise, Google increased its market share up 1% from from 70.24% to 71.08% in the US. Microsoft‘s Bing however struggles to maintain growth, dropping 5% in the US from 9.48% to 8.96% for September 2009.

Even more remarkable, Net Applications’ Market Share Report shows Google above 80% market share globally. See their report and graph here.

Google gains ground even over the second largest shareholder, Yahoo Search, drops 3% to 16.38% in US market share. Clearly the search engine giant, Google offers online consumers more with its algorithmic results.

What’s Your Analysis?

What is your favorite or most effective search engine? Comment here.

Amos White is a Social Media Marketing Evangelist and public speaker.
Follow Amos on Twitter @Mos42

Microsoft Forced to Play Fair Drops Anticompetitive Tactics

Via Computerworld

IE8 setup change hints at further concessions to EU in antitrust fight

Microsoft on Thursday bowed to critics involved in the company’s European antitrust case who have accused it of silently changing users’ default browsers, a move that may be aimed at Brussels-based regulators.

Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) will no longer replace a PC’s default browser when a user selects the already-checked “Use express settings” option in the setup screen, Microsoft said on Thursday. Both Opera Software and Mozilla had hammered Microsoft in May over the tactic, accusing the company of force feeding IE8 to users with Windows Update, and silently changing the default browser on PCs.

Read the full article here.

via IE8 setup change hints at further concessions to EU in antitrust fight.

Microsoft Issues Security Advisory

Microsoft recently warned of  vulnerability in its Video ActiveX Control that could allow a remote unauthenticated attacker to execute malicious code on computers running Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server.

How to Protect Your Computer
Go to Microsoft’s Security Research & Defense Blog and visit the link to disable the vulnerability.


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