Musings of a PC

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Contact photos in Outlook

I’m not sure if this is new to Outlook 2007 or not, but I’ve come across a really cool feature that I wanted to share.
 
If you open a contact in Outlook 2007, there is a placeholder for a photo for the contact. Clicking on the placeholder allows you to browse your computer for the image file that you want to use. So far … perhaps not very impressive but it gets better than that.
 
If the contact has an email address defined, and you receive an email with a matching email address, the contact’s picture is displayed in the top right-hand corner of the Reading Pane. I think this is a really neat feature – it starts to humanise the content more as you can visually associate the email with the person who sent it.
 
Furthermore, if you’ve got a Windows Mobile 6 device that synchronises with your copy of Outlook, the photo gets synchronised AS WELL and the device then uses that if you receive a call from a phone number associated with the contact.
 
That is a really neat level of integration going on there.
 
I wish, though, that there was a way to handle this at the GAL level in Exchange, i.e. define photos to be associated with users and contacts in the GAL. That way, I could push that association out to all the corporate users rather than each individual having to set it up.
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4 responses to “Contact photos in Outlook

  1. Stan October 4, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Do you someone know how to export the pictures to VCF or CSV or anyhow else?

  2. Shen-En February 16, 2010 at 12:25 am

    This is really a neat feature, and I have been using it for quite a while. After moving to another job, I found myself looking for another server that will be able to host the contacts including the pictures since my new company does not use Microsoft Exchange Server. This is not fun.

  3. Neal June 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Try this http://www.exclaimer.com/products/outlook-photos/Default.aspx – It’s a free product and that helps to control all of this!

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