I just stumbled over this cool tool – OutSync – from Mel Sampat who’s a Windows Mobile Program Manager at Microsoft.

It allows you to sync the photos of your Facebook contacts to Outlook and then on to your Windows mobile cell phone (or other phone if you have sync software that synchronizes photos)

I always wanted to have some photos in Outlook and my phone but never really got around to trying it out. Also it would be too much work to get photos of everyone but this tool solves that quite nicely – at least if you use Facebook.

It’s easy to install and worked right away for me on my Vista and Outlook 2007 setup.

There are some things that I would like to see improved, mainly that it only matches on name so your contact has to have the exact same spelling in Outlook as in Facebook. It should be able to match on email (but I think the problem here is that the Facebook API does not allow this) or let you do a manual match. A feature that is listed as “coming soon” is birthday synchronization.

I also wish there was a similar tool for syncing Outlook and Live Messenger, but maybe there already is?