When I put the case for Plaxo and LinkedIn on the Register a few months ago, I made the point that the tools that come with these services are worth signing up for even if you never connect. Well, they’re getting better. LinkedIn now has a downloadable toolbar for Microsoft Outlook that offers a “grab” button, so you can select a chunk of text from an email which contains name and address informaiton, and it will automatically create an address book entry for you. If this was built in to Outlook, but its not so this is a good start.
The LinkedIn upload from Outlook still doesn’t work with Firefox by the way. Firefox is a great browser but if it wants to be ubiquitous it’ll need to cover all uses – some sites I go to can’t support it either, at the moment.