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Linking your LinkedIn account with  your Outlook.com account has many advantages. Personally I like to have all my contacts accessible in one place. That’s why I connected my LinkedIn account with my personal Outlook.com account. Now I have all contacts synced to

  • the contacts app of my personal Notebook running Windows 8.1
  • the contacts app of my Smartphone (currently a Lumia 920)
  • the contacts list of Outlook 2013
  • the contacts app of my tablet (currently an Acer Iconia Tab running Android)

But for several months now I encountered problems when trying to sync new LinkedIn contacts. Although the problems seems solved for a few weeks, currently new contacts are not  synced anymore. Several users reported that kind of problem to Microsoft, but to my knowledge there is yet no solution.

I don’t want to wait until Microsoft finally fixed the bug – so I was looking for a workaround. At least I found a way to manually (and reliably) sync new LinkedIn contacts. This is what I do to start a manually sync:

1. Log in to Outlook.com and open your account settings

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2. Click on ‘Related accounts’

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3. Click on ‘Manage other accounts’

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4. Click on ‘Edit’ under your LinkedIn account

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5. Don’t change any setting here – just click on ‘Save’

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It just takes a few seconds and my LinkedIn accounts are synced to all connected devices. Until Microsoft finally found and fixed the bug I can live with this manual workaround. I usually do this once or twice a week and my LinkedIn accounts are up to date – but I really would appreciate a fix from Microsoft, because a manual sync is not start-of-the-art (it’s rather very old-school), right?

 

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Bereitgestellt 11 Sep 2014 13:54 von Oliver Wirkus
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