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Microsoft includes Facebook, LinkedIn integration for Office 2013

Microsoft has revealed the new Office 2013 will include easier integration for LinkedIn and Facebook within Outlook.

The Outlook Social Connector will connect users to LinkedIn and Facebook after they enter a username and password - no downloads required.

"Social is rewiring the way we communicate and collaborate," Microsoft SharePoint program manager Ben Wilde said on the company blog.

While building the new Office features, Redmond received feedback from customers ranging from large companies to college students, Wilde said, all of whom agreed that LinkedIn and Facebook are the two networks that offer the best connectivity and collaboration.

LinkedIn product manager David Breger also spoke positively on the social network's own blog.

"This means you just have to sign-in once with your LinkedIn credentials and immediately you'll start seeing rich profile information, like photos and LinkedIn network activity for any connection that emails you," Breger wrote.

"We know many of you spend a lot of your professional hours working in email and we believe the integrated Outlook Social Connector for the new Office will help you be even more efficient and productive," he continued.

Social network details will sync with the People Card across Office. "I can not only find out information about [colleagues and friends] (including their past activities across their social networks, whether they're free or busy, and where their office is), but I can instantly start communicating with them," Wilde wrote.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

For more on Office 2013 see ITProPortal's Microsoft Office 2013: A closer look.