IBM® Connections Plug-in for Microsoft Outlook is a sidebar application that provides easy, full-featured access to IBM Connections content from the Outlook client.
November 6, 2017: version 17.8 (updated in August) is the most current version of this plugin.
Version 17.8 (August 2017) update: The latest release introduces the following:
Share files easily – send links instead of attachments
Drag and drop email messages and attachments from Outlook to the IBM Connections sidebar application to upload them to IBM Connections
Search Connections files directly from Outlook
Search people by name, job title, organization, etc.
View complete Connections profiles
Initiate a chat with a colleague directly from the sidebar application
Receive live updates from your colleagues, communities you follow, and when changes are made in files you follow
View community files and updates
Metrics - view usage data for file and folder view access
@mentions - Enter names preceeded by @ for lookup and display as rich links
#tag - Enter tags preceeded by # to display as rich links
IBM Docs - Open an editor to view an IBM Docs file
Updates view filters - View updates using additional filters
Large file support - upload/download files up to 4GB in size, or as permitted by server configuration and quota
External Collaboration, allowing sharing of content to external users (or guests) along with visual indicators that content is (or can be) shared externally
Preference to allow specification of local cache
Support for Federated login on Connections Cloud through application passwords or SAML. (See administrator documentation for configuration details)
Policy to give administrators greater control over whether to allow connectivity to sites with untrusted certificates. (See the table below for details)
Support for IBM Connections Cloud via IBM Marketplace - customers receiving entitlement to IBM Connections Cloud through the IBM Marketplace (www.ibm.com/marketplace) can use the IBM Connections Plug-in for Microsoft Outlook plugin with their IBM ID.
Automatically share file link when sending messages. (Not enabled by default, but can be enabled and controlled by policy).
Support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.2. Configuration settings (see table below) allow specification of the client/server encryption protocol.
Support for a configuration where Files are stored in Cleversafe rather than in the native files repository.
The IBM Connections Plug-in for Microsoft Outlook supports:
IBM Connections Social Cloud
IBM Connections 5.0
IBM Connections 5.5
IBM Connections 6.0
Microsoft Outlook 2010 Standard or higher (32-bit, 64-bit), 2013 Standard or higher (32-bit, 64-bit), 2016 Standard or higher (32-bit, 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit toleration)
Microsoft Windows 10 (32-bit, 64-bit toleration)
*By default, Microsoft Office 2010 installs the 32-bit version of Office, even if your computer is running the 64-bit edition of Windows. To check your version, start Microsoft Office, and choose Files - Help. The version identifier includes either 32-bit or 64-bit as part of the ID.
** Please note: The Outlook plugin version supporting IBM Connections 4.x and Vista is available here. To take advantage of plugin features made available in v16.x, it will be necessary to upgrade to IBM Connections 5.x.
Connections Cloud Limitations:
Some features are not available when you are connecting to an IBM Cloud Server, for example:
Please refer to the wiki documentation for more information about deploying and using this plug-in. For information on the specific browsers supported by the server, please consult the Web Browsers section on this page.
Accessibility: This product is not fully compliant with US Section 508 requirements.
Link to previous monthly release of IBM Connections Plug-in for Microsoft Outlook
Use the following registry setting to manage the behavior when a site presents an untrusted certificate. Enter the value as a string. For example, enter "1" rather than 1.
64-bit running 32-bit Office HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Mainsoft\Prefs\
64-bit running 64-bit Office: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mainsoft\Prefs\
0 – allow untrusted certificates (Default)
1 – block untrusted certificates
When FailInvalidCert is set to 0, the user is warned that the certificate is invalid or incorrect but user can choose to accept the certificate. When FailInvalidCert is set to 1, it will block untrusted certificates. An error message informs users that the certificate is invalid or incorrect.
Use the following registry setting to manage the behavior of the Share on Send feature. Enter the value as a string.
64-bit running 32-bit Office: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Mainsoft\Prefs\
64-bit running 64-bit Office: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mainsoft\Prefs\
Set this value to True to automatically grant access to IBM Connections files that you share in Outlook.
Change the setting to False to stop automatically granting access to IBM Connections files that you share in Outlook.
Change this registry setting to enable (or disable) automatically granting access to IBM Connections files that you share in Outlook.
When set to True, any email recipients who are IBM Connections users are automatically granted access to any IBM Connections files that you share with them in an Outlook email message.
Use the following registry setting to set the client/server encryption protocol. Enter the value as a string.
SSLv3, TLSv1, TLSv1.1, TLSv1.2
(a comma delimited list consisting of one or more of the above)
Sets the supported encryption protocols to connect to secured Connections sites. You can define several values, delimited by commas. If not set, the plug-in uses the .NET runtime’s default protocol.
• To activate TLSv1.2, .NET Framework version 4.5 or later must be installed, and the PreferredCLRVersion key must be set to v4.0 or later.
• Protocols defined in this key must be supported by the .NET runtime and the Operating System.
• Unsupported protocols will not be used for establishing connection with Connections servers.
(from v2.0 to v4.x)
Use the following registry setting to specify whether browser links or direct file links are used when sending or opening files. Enter the value as a string.
True to open files in browser
False to download and open files with the associated local app (default)
ext1,ext2,… to open files of these extensions in browser. Example: .docx,.xlsx
Sets what to do when double clicking or opening a file. When set to True or to file extension, an Open in App command menu is added to the file.
True to create a link that opens in browser
False to create a link that opens in the associated local app (default)
ext1,ext2,… to create a link that opens in the browser for files of these extensions Example: .docx,.xlsx.
Updates since initial release:
Package update consisting of miscellaneous fixes and translation updates.
Added formal support for IC4.5 CR1
Addition of support for Bulgarian, Croatian, Romanian and Slovak.
Addition of support for Outlook 2013, Windows 8 and IC4.5 CR2
Miscellaneous defect fixes.
Addition of support for Indonesian and Windows 8.1.
Support for IBM Connections Social Cloud
Miscellaneous defect fixes
Serbian Language Support
Office 2016 Support
July 25, 2016
Note: Access is granted only to users in the same org, or to external users who have been invited as a guest and who have accepted the invitation. No access is provisioned to external users who are not guests, nor to users in other orgs.
Updated the plugin description to indicate the following:
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