Bill Gates Demoes Xobni!

Bill Gates demoed Xobni as part of his opening keynote at the Office Developers Conference in San Jose, California today.

See the webcast here. The demo of Xobni occurs 44 minutes into the webcast.

Bill called Xobni “the next generation of social networking.” He credited Xobni as leveraging the data in email to help users better manage their relationships.

Another quote (he actually pronounced Xobni correctly):

“Xobni – it’s actually the word inbox spelled backwards: This is where someone has come into Outlook and decided to add value. “You look over there to the right, that’s their unique display area. They help you understand how you communicate, what groups of people you work with.”

Thanks Bill!

34 Responses to “Bill Gates Demoes Xobni!”


  1. 1 Scott February 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Cool, congrats!

  2. 2 Zac Harmany February 11, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Awesome! Now if you guys only had a nice version for Mail on OS X Steve Jobs would be giving you props! (Hint Hint 😉

    Keep up the good work.

  3. 3 Joe Chen February 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Nice 🙂

  4. 4 chriSchaeffer February 11, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Wow, that is awesome!

    You guys are rock stars!

  5. 5 Akshay Vasudev February 12, 2008 at 2:06 am

    thats awesome.. congrats!

  6. 6 Raxit February 12, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Interesting !

    Even i was having invite access, i am not using Outlook. ! 😦

    congrats and kudos,

    -raxit

  7. 7 Harold Spidle February 14, 2008 at 8:34 am

    To Adam, Matt and all the crew; congratulations on Xobni’s notice by Bill Gates…I think all your hard work will indeed pay off, and kudos from men such as Gates can mean nothing but good things for your future. HDS

  8. 8 Joseph Smarr February 14, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Very cool guys, congrats! BTW, I shared this link in pulse and noticed your blog title really buries the actual title of the post (it’s “Xobni: take back your inbox » Blog Archive » Bill Gates Demoes Xobni!”). So the actual title gets chopped off (ditto in most browser UI). I would suggest reversing the order of the fields so the specific blog post title is first and then you say “Xobni: take back your inbox” at the end. 🙂

  9. 9 bryan February 14, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    @Joseph, thank you for the feedback. I have made the changes you suggest. Cheers!

  10. 10 Bill gates February 15, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    You are welcome, Matt!

    Xobni is super cool. This is one more Microsoft inovation^H^H^H, I mean… I see Jeff is your new CEO, I just hope you guys will charge less than what we offered for yahoo.

  11. 11 Kandarp Desai February 16, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Great Guys… keep going good work…
    Waiting for your first release..

  12. 12 dminer May 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Cool endorsement, even cooler product. Great job!

  13. 13 Jonathan May 5, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    How much cash did Vinod throw at this shit this time? 🙂

  14. 14 Eltawil May 9, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Link to webcast seems to be broken.

  15. 15 Olyala September 1, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Я тоже иногда такое замечал, но как-то раньше не придавала этому никакого значения.

  16. 16 max October 10, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Bill Gates Demoes Xobni!

  17. 17 piter December 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    vBulletin v3.7 Beta 3

  18. 18 Dan January 13, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    hey, they’ve added a bunch new links to the MS website your link pointed at here.
    the xobni mention is in the Feb 11th 2008 MS Office Developer Conference, scroll down a bit.


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