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.contact File Extension

Developer: Microsoft Corporation
File type: Windows Contact File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .contact. Files with the file extension .contact can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .contact files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .contact file?

Files appended with the .contact extension are also called Windows Contacts files, and these files are generally classified as data files. CONTACT files are used by the Windows Contacts application that was developed by Microsoft, which also developed the CONTACT file format. The Microsoft Windows Contacts software is classified as a contact management application that is built into Microsoft Windows-based systems, particularly Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Vista. The content of these CONTACT files include details entered by a user with the Microsoft Windows Contacts software for a contact included in the file. These details saved by a user in a .contact file consist of the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers among other info about the person or organization associated to the contact list entry. These CONTACT files may also contain images or photos of the person or the logo of the institution. Users of Microsoft Windows-based systems can install the Microsoft Windows Live Mail software and the Microsoft Windows Mail program to implement support for these CONTACT files and to also integrate email management features into their systems. Icons used for these .contact files are the photos or digital images associated and stored by the creator of the corresponding CONTACT files.

how to open a .contact file?

Launch a .contact file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .contact file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .contact files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .contact file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .contact file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .contact file association errors

applications that open a .contact file

Microsoft Windows Contacts

Microsoft Windows Contacts

Windows Contacts is a contact manager which is packed in Windows Vista and Windows 7, which replaced and retained most of the functionality of Windows Address Book, with an integration of Windows Mail. Windows Contacts uses a new XML-based schema format where each contact appears as an individual contact file, and can saved custom information including pictures. The file in a .wab format and the open standards, *.vcf (vCard) and *.csv (CSV) are also supported. Some uses of Windows Contacts are: a) it is implemented as a special folder in Windows Vista and Windows 7, b) it can import vCard, CSV, WAB and LDIF formats, c) it can export in vCard 2.1 and CSV formats, d) it can print contacts in Memo, Business Card, and Phone List formats, e) individual contacts can be quickly accessed from the Start menu search text box, f) Windows Live People, the contact manager for Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Mail can saved its information in the Windows Contacts folder if the option to encrypt it is unchecked in Windows Live Messenger. At any time contacts in Messenger are updated, they'll be updated in Windows Contacts as well, and g) it exposes APIs for making new contacts, reading and writing in an existing contact, adding a "Label" in the form of a URI to a "Property" or a "Property" to a "Contact", API for matching devices with Windows Contacts.
Microsoft Outlook Express

Microsoft Outlook Express

Outlook Express is an email and news client that is integrated with Internet Explorer versions 4.0 through 6.0. It is also bundled with a number of versions of Microsoft Windows, from Windows 98 to Windows Server 2003, and is available for Windows 3.x, Windows NT 3.51, Windows 95 and Mac OS 9. In Windows Vista, Outlook Express was outdated by Windows Mail, then again by Windows Live Mail as separate software in Windows 7. Microsoft Entourage, sold as part of Microsoft Office for Macintosh, has changed the Macintosh version. Outlook Express is a diverse application from Microsoft Office Outlook. The two programs do not share a common codebase, but do share a common architectural philosophy. The similar names lead many people to incorrectly conclusion that Outlook Express is a stripped-down version of Microsoft Office Outlook. Outlook Express utilizes the Windows Address Book to store contact information and incorporates tightly with it. On Windows XP, it also joins together with Windows Messenger.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .contact files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .contact. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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