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Topic # 217751 10-Jul-2017 23:44
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I received an interesting e-mail a couple of weeks ago informing me that my Microsoft account will no longer sync with any other social media accounts.

 

This means all of the contacts that were imported to your 'People' hub from services like Facebook, for example, but were then stuck as un-editable nonsense entries after Microsoft removed support for those services will disappear for good (a small yay!) and it only took a couple of years for that to happen. It is quite annoying to edit a contact with a new number, call them later and have the phone default to the defunct/incorrect Facebook phone number.

 

All of your contacts imported from services such as Google or LinkedIn will simply disappear from your contacts list and you'll have to manually re-enter them via the People web app or your phone/desktop/tablet or use the native app for the service the contact is using.

 

Unfortunately, that now means my Outlook account isn't much use any longer. I really enjoyed the concept of the hub technology when it was first released. It is a brilliant idea and something I found incredibly useful in Windows Phone 7 but functionality was reduced and then destroyed in 8 and later versions.

 

All of this is apparently to aid :...innovative features in future product releases." which sounds like Microsoft for "We're winding this mess down, please don't ask us about this." which is disappointing.

 

 

 

In other news, Skype still royally screws up the People hub on every update by splitting all linked (Outlook.com and Skype) contacts apart for no discernible reason not to mention the absolute disaster zone that is the Skype contacts list. I would file feedback but if it takes years to fix the People hub being unable to remove defunct Facebook contacts then I'm not sure there is any reason to bother.


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UHD: ... I really enjoyed the concept of the hub technology when it was first released. It is a brilliant idea and something I found incredibly useful ...

 

Same here. Especially for Windows Phone lovers. One ring to bind them all. One universal contacts list, just like the universal Inbox. Poof, gone ...

 

 

 

B.T.W. Why was LinkedIn support removed. Microsoft now owns LinkedIn.


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  Reply # 1819319 11-Jul-2017 07:45
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It was a bless and a curse. I liked how I could have Facebook (people who I actually know) in my contacts. But since moving away from Windows Phone all those records that were aging fast (why do people change phone numbers? I have mine for the last 18 years). All those records were still in my Microsoft account but really not being updated, which is a mess - also people use different formats for numbers (instead of using +6421... most people just use 021...) which makes harder for roaming calls.

 

Also Skype... Since they merged Skype, Messenger and Microsoft accounts the contacts list is a pain in the ass. Some people were never merged but have all of those, sometimes showing two or three records, making contact actually hard - also I like to only have very few people on Skype, the ones I ever talked to and family.

 

Great idea, shame they removed the People Hub. It should've been plug-in friendly from the start and let the social networks create the plug-ins, because we knew no one at Microsoft would keep updating the API calls, etc.





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