In Outlook 2013, the People Card collects contact details about a given individual in one place: phone, email, address, company info, but also social media updates, presence and so on. It's a similar idea to the People Hub or a Live Tile in Windows 8. In the future it will likely be possible to trigger a Lync call, view Yammer updates, examine a LinkedIn profile and more from one of these "cards."
"Microsoft wants to use Office, and particularly Outlook, as a kind of central communications console," says Helm. That means that, for the foreseeable future, Outlook is here to stay.
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