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What's New for Providers

Published: July 16, 2012

This topic lists the major changes in Outlook Social Connector 2013 (OSC). It presents a comparison of the features available between Outlook Social Connector 2013 and Outlook Social Connector 1.1. It also describes interface members and XML elements that have been added, changed, or deprecated.

In Office 2013, the OSC works with not only Outlook, but also SharePoint Server, SharePoint Workspace, Lync client, and all other Office client applications that support presence information and the Contact Card. An OSC provider can surface social information updates in the WHAT’S NEW tab in the Outlook People Pane, as well as in the Contact Card.

A few major changes in Outlook Social Connector 2013 include the following:

  • If a provider supports showing activities, the provider always synchronizes activities on demand and no longer relies on previously cached activities. That means the provider stores activities of friends and non-friends in memory to display more current activities.

  • For security reasons, providers that communicate with servers over the Internet should use the HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) with Secure Socket Layer (SSL)) protocol. Otherwise, there is a risk that email addresses, social network activities and other user data is intercepted or exposed while in transit.

  • If you have providers that work with an earlier version of Outlook, to support Office 2013, you should update the setup package. See Installation Checklist for more information.

The following table shows the availability of various features in Outlook Social Connector 2013 as compared with Outlook Social Connector 1.1.

Feature

Outlook Social Connector 2013

Outlook Social Connector 1.1

End user interface

SharePoint Server, SharePoint Workspace, Lync client, Contact Card in all Office client applications, and People Pane in Outlook

People Pane in Outlook

Basic authentication

Yes

Yes

Forms-based authentication

Yes

Yes

Cached authentication

Yes

Yes

Cached sync for friends to contacts folder on default store

Yes

Yes

Cached activities sync for friends to hidden Newsfeed folder

No

Yes

On-demand sync (picture, name, title) for friends and non-friends on network

Yes

Yes

On-demand activities sync for friends and non-friends on network

Yes

Yes

Follow on network

Yes

Yes

Do not follow on network

Yes

Yes

Visit user profile page

Via a link

Via a network badge

Observing privacy settings on social network (for example, displaying profile and activities of non-friends who allow viewing of such)

Yes

Yes

Hashed email addresses passed to provider

Yes

Yes

The following table shows the members that have been added or deprecated from the corresponding interface.

Interface and member

Comment

ISocialProfile::GetActivitiesOfFriendsAndColleagues

Deprecated in Outlook Social Connector 2013. Note that ISocialSession::GetActivities has also been deprecated since Outlook Social Connector 1.1.

To synchronize activity feeds, you should implement the ISocialSession2::GetActivitiesEx method. Set dynamicActivitiesLookupEx as true, which will prompt the OSC to call ISocialSession2::GetActivitiesEx instead.

 

The following table shows the schema elements that have changed.

Schema element

Comment

capabilities

Added in Outlook Social Connector 2013: allowChangesToAutoConfigure element.

Deprecated in Outlook Social Connector 2013: cacheActivities element.

person

Added in Outlook Social Connector 2013: askmeabout, businessAddress, businessCity, businessCountryOrRegion, businessState, businessZip, industries, interests, location, otherAddress, otherCity, otherCountryOrRegion, otherState, otherZip, skills, schools, and website elements.

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