Monday, February 28, 2005

WSJ.com - AOL Integrates Buddy Lists With Microsoft Outlook

WSJ.com - AOL Integrates Buddy Lists With Microsoft Outlook: "Users of America Online Inc.'s instant messaging service can now automatically see from Microsoft Corp.'s popular Outlook e-mail application whether their friends and colleagues are online.
A free tool AOL is offering beginning Monday integrates 'buddy list' information from AOL Instant Messenger with Outlook.
When you receive an e-mail from an AIM member who is online, a yellow 'running man' logo appears in the 'from' line next to the e-mail address. If you believe a quick chat session might be more appropriate in reply than a series of further e-mails back and forth, clicking on the logo launches the AIM software for you.
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Users need to configure little after downloading the Outlook plug-in developed for AOL by Intellisync Corp.
The tool, available at AIM.com, will comb through your Outlook address book and match your e-mail addresses with the corresponding AIM screen names that AOL has based on information collected during the AIM registration process. You can also add screen names manually."
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