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Office 2010 Outlook and Presence awareness

If you had already downloaded  Office 2010 TP , Outlook has an excellent feature which takes communication to next level. Outlook 2010 is enabled with presence awareness i.e. If any of your contact is in Outlook is also a contact in your live messenger, a green light is shown, telling you that the particular contact is online.

Outlook 2010 communication

Outlook 2010 communication

This is helpful when you plan to send mail to that person but you skip it since you know he is online right from outlook.

Also, when you hover your mouse you get couple of more options which eases the communication. You can schedule a meeting, add details to Outlook contacts. This makes adding contact details quickly and also retrieve details of contacts right there. Saves time for sure. !!

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About Ashish Mohta

A Professional Tech blogger, Editor and Writer who talks about solving day to day problems of people who use computer. His expertise are in Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Software, Mobile Apps and Video Posts.


  1. Actually, presence awareness has been around since Outlook 2003. So have the actions you listed.

    Eric Legault
    MVP – Outlook

  2. @Ashish : Microsoft Communicator 2005 Presense doesn’t work in Microsoft Outlook 2010. Why so? Any idea?

  3. How do I remove the presence unknown function? I want to see email addresses when I scroll over names?

  4. Hi,

    How to turn on “Presence Indicator” in Outlook 2010? I attempted following procedure:

    Outlook 2010:

    Check the box next to “Display online status next to name”

    but this option is greyed out..

    Please suggest what to do?

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