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Windows 7: Is that Bill Gates staring back at you from Outlook 2010?

25 Sep 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Is that Bill Gates staring back at you from Outlook 2010?

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One of the new things in Outlook 2010 is the "People Pane." At the bottom of e-mail windows (both the inbox view and individual messages), the People Pane is a panel that can show recent e-mail from a contact, any appointments that you have with them, and a few other bits and pieces of information.

It's a neat little feature, especially when used in tandem with the Outlook Social Connector (part of Outlook 2010, and available as a download for Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007). Making the Outlook Social Connector work is not quite as convenient as it should be; actual connections to social networking sites use providers that have to be installed separately—on its own, the OSC doesn't really do anything. But once you have the providers installed, the People Pane can show even more information—LinkedIn status updates, new photos posted to Facebook, that kind of thing.



The People Pane in action

One of the things the People Pane does is to show a little picture of your contacts. Outlook contacts can have pictures added to them, though I suspect most people don't bother. One place they do bother adding contacts to is their social networking profiles, and the People Pane will, with the OSC, retrieve profile pictures from Facebook and the other social networking sites it connects to.



But of course, not every person will have a picture available. So the People Pane has a fallback picture. A default, for when it can't find a better picture to display.
The default is just a silhouette:

That isn't just anyone's silhouette, however. Our eagle-eyed editor-in-chief, Ken Fisher, noticed that the silhouette has a striking resemblance to one William H. Gates III. Quite how he noticed this is anybody's guess—we suspect he has a framed picture of the Microsoft founder and philanthropist mounted on his wall.
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Is that Bill Gates staring back at you from Outlook 2010?


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25 Sep 2010   #2
Bituser

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Wow. Thanks JMH, a scientific breakthrough for sure!
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25 Sep 2010   #3
HQuest

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 | OSX Lion 10.7 x64
 
 

This!



Oh wait, wrong portrait...
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26 Sep 2010   #4
Lollies

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HQuest View Post
This!



Oh wait, wrong portrait...
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26 Sep 2010   #5
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'd be surprised if they didn't use a real person for those silhouettes...
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30 Sep 2010   #6
HQuest

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 | OSX Lion 10.7 x64
 
 

Is Bill Gates' Mug Shot The Generic User Icon In Outlook 2010?

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The generic user icon in Outlook 2010, the stand in picture users see when a contact doesn't have a photo, seems to bear a striking resemblance to Bill Gates' infamous 1977 mug shot. Oh you slick Microsoft developer, you.



Whoever dun'it, thank you and I love you. [Ars Technica]
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30 Sep 2010   #7
HQuest

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 | OSX Lion 10.7 x64
 
 

Oh, and by the way,

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