Getting Started with Developing an Outlook Social Connector Provider

Office 2013 and later

The Outlook Social Connector (OSC) Provider Reference describes how to develop an OSC provider by using OSC provider extensibility. If you are new to developing solutions for Outlook, see Selecting an API or Technology for Developing Outlook Solutions to identify the APIs and technologies that are most appropriate for your needs. This section gives an overview of the OSC, how an OSC provider can be useful, quick steps for learning to develop a provider, technical requirements, best practices for developing a provider, and what’s new in this release.

What's New for Providers

Compares OSC features in the previous and current release, and describes interface members and XML schema elements that have been added, changed, or deprecated in this release.

Why Develop an Outlook Social Connector Provider

Describes how an OSC provider can be useful for common social network sites and other internal networking tools.

Relating the OSC with Outlook and Social Networks

Provides an architectural view of how the OSC connects Outlook users with social networks. Also defines the way that common terms, like "social networks," "friends," "non-friends," and "contacts" are used in the rest of this reference.

Quick Steps for Learning to Develop a Provider

Provides a summary of steps to learn to develop an OSC provider.

Technical Requirements

Describes the supported programming languages, COM visibility requirements, method return type requirements, and details of the OSC provider extensibility DLL.

Best Practices for Developing a Provider

Provides a list of best practices to follow while developing an OSC provider.