Goodbye, Organize Tab

We started shipping a new version of Xobni Insight to users today. We’ve made Xobni perform better, prettied up the details of the user interface, and removed the “Organize” tab. Yes, you read that correctly: we removed a section of Xobni’s functionality.

The Organize tab was born shortly before our September 2007 beta launch. We wanted to superset the functionality of Outlook 2007’s To-Do Bar, which also contains upcoming appointments and outstanding tasks.

We decided to focus exclusively on creating an awesome user experience with our core piece: Lightning fast search and a view on email that works the way your brain does – by people. We felt that the Organize features were a distraction from the core product. If only we had read our own blog entries: This post, “Do One Thing and Do It Well”, talks about how Lookout, a popular Outlook plugin that Microsoft acquired, had only one major piece of functionality and people loved it! Thus, instead of loading Xobni with more pieces of functionality, we decided to perfect the most important pieces.

The functionality we took out might make a reappearance, but in a different form. For now, we encourage you to enjoy the new speed and prettiness of your Xobni Insight.

You can check if you have this version by going to “Xobni > About”. It should say version “1.2.3 (build 3197)” or higher.

26 Responses to “Goodbye, Organize Tab”


  1. 1 AL April 5, 2008 at 4:36 am

    I’m an early beta user, how do I downloaded the updated build?

  2. 2 Jared Goralnick April 5, 2008 at 9:49 am

    This is a great improvement… I’ll download the beta again and check it out.

    Thanks for thinking hard about the user experience!

  3. 3 Adam Rosi-Kessel April 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    My first 48 hours with the new build all point in a very positive direction. Certainly the “cost/benefit” trade-off of the software shifted significantly (lower cost in performance issues!).

    Now just add complete keyboard navigation capabilities and we’ll be in good shape.

  4. 4 Viral Tarpara April 7, 2008 at 10:21 am

    I think getting rid of the “organize” tab was the right call at least from a UI perspective because it was uncomfortable to use. I don’t think the tab was implemented in the right place. That said, a feature that was absolutely crucial for maintaining strong relations in my case was “Stay in Touch.” Microsoft is a 80,000+ person organization and according to Xobni I have communicated to about 28,000 of them. The “stay in touch” feature is a HUGE innovation in terms of end-user productivity and being able to quicky note who in your address book has been neglected.

    I’m not the only one, my boss Eileen thinks the same thing!
    http://blogs.technet.com/eileen_brown/archive/2008/03/13/xobni-for-outlook.aspx

    Please bring this feature back! Just don’t put it in the organize tab!

    BTW, the UK IT Evangelists really “heart” Xobni!

  5. 5 Mikala Shremshock April 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I’m very disappointed at the loss of the organize bar. I understand the fact that you want to focus on one aspect only. However, I frequently access my to-do list and having two side bars (Xobni and Outlook’s To-Do) is excessive. Therefore, I guess I will have to do without Xobni. 😦 What a bummer that you took away!

  6. 6 Mike Belshe April 8, 2008 at 1:48 am

    So I guess this means the Microsoft acquisition rumors are true?

  7. 7 Srikrishnak April 8, 2008 at 2:51 am

    That’s a good move.
    However i am going to miss the ‘stay in touch’ and still not able to see the ranking as a standalone list.waiting for the next release

  8. 8 Neil Ruda April 8, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I’m really disappointed that the Organize bar was removed. When I first took a look at Xobni a few days ago, what impressed and excited me the most was the way I would be able to switch back and forth in Outlook 2003 between the email functionality and the Tasks, etc. similar to what Outlook 2007 offers. Our organization won’t be upgrading to 2007 for quite some time (perhaps as long as the end of the year), so I was thrilled to think I’d have some of the capabilities. I’m really bummed at the downgrading of your app!

  9. 9 JD April 9, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    I came across a product today that I though would be a great option for Xobni. I’ve been having problems with keeping up with gazillion tasks and needed a widget that placed my tasks on my desktop at boot. A quick google search and moments later I was introduced to Outlook Desktop which I personally feel was the missing ingredient to your service. Embedding Xobni into Outlook only increased the already long load times but a desktop widget would separate the two and give users an easy access tool even while Outlook is closed.

    www-dotoutlookonthedesktop-dot-com

  10. 10 Gio April 10, 2008 at 4:17 am

    to me the organize bar did not add anything more than the outlook today page… so I’m ok with this change.

    What is more annoying me more is the possibility to hide some files in the “file exchanged”, lots of people use gif in their email along with signature and they are not really interesting to see

  11. 11 Sarah April 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    I had heard about xobni and was very excited about the stay in touch feature. Too bad I downloaded it today instead of last week when I could still use that functionality. A big disappointment that you’re downgrading your app.

  12. 12 Kurt Brockett April 14, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    “Stay In Touch” was hands down my number 1 feature. I could manage doing the other things using Outlook. Of course does a few things better but the Stay In Touch feature was what had me sold. Please bring it back even if you only want to put it in the Xobni menu bar.

  13. 13 Pamela April 14, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I am a new user of Xobni– which I love– but I am disappointed about the lack of the ‘Stay in Touch’ feature. To me, that would be the killer app– you gave it for free, but I’d be willing to pay for it!

  14. 14 Simon April 15, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Also a fan of the “Stay in Touch” feature… It adds a little CRM flavor to the app.

  15. 15 Edouard April 21, 2008 at 7:45 am

    I have Xobni version 1.2.0.0. How can I donwloasd the latest version ?

    Regards,

    Edouard

  16. 16 Jan Birger April 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Send yourself an invitation!

  17. 17 chris April 22, 2008 at 11:09 am

    I just hat this: http://www.xobni.com/SeeItNow
    in every Mail!!

    That’s why i don’t use freemail accounts.

  18. 18 Joe Ellis April 25, 2008 at 2:31 am

    Why is taking so long to get in on the beta? I get 800+ emails a day in a corporate environment and am wanting to help test the product for you.

    I guess I’ll just have to find other ways of getting a copy of the beta….

  19. 19 RJ April 25, 2008 at 9:22 am

    I have been a beta user since Xobni was released and also have got a lot of my friends and family to use and they love it too.

    I have been very dissappointed at the loss of the ‘Organise’ tab. For me and many of my networked contacts, that was the one feature that set Xobni as a benchmark/ a standard for the industry.

    Please bring it back.

  20. 20 Diam0nd May 2, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I personally am too very sad about you guys loosing the Organise panel.
    “We felt that the Organize features were a distraction from the core product”
    I really don’t quite agree with this particular point in THIS case. Here’s why. You are working on a small and very niche product, so it already means that because of its size (small) its quality is superb alredy, since the project is so small and thus gets a lot of attention. Now you’re saying that you want it to make even more so. I personally don’t see how. You clain that removing the Organise tab, which I believe a lot of people liked, including myself, can and will make the overall Xobni better. But will it really?

    My point is that Organise was a small part of an already small product. Do you relly think removing this small part worth the benefits it offers?

    All in all, it’s a great product and I really do wish you best of luck with it. But again, think twice about making it smaller, since it IS tiny already and I bet you have a lot of people to give attention to smth a little bit bigger.

    Kindest regards,
    D.

    P.S. I, like a lot of other folk, liked the Organise better than Outlook’s Today scree. And I don’t think that Organise should be smth original or offer smth extra, it’s enough that it’s simply “there”. That’s how I see it.

  21. 21 Francis May 4, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I have only just joined the beta and I think xobni rocks! I don’t know about this organise tab that y’all are anxious about. But, as it is, it works really well.

    I agree with the developers when they say it should be simple. Simple is good. Simple should be fast.

    The organise tab can appear in some other form, as some other plugin. I might or might not want it. If you put it in, then you’re forcing me (and everyone else) to have it, with all it’s associated complexity, UI, speed issues, etc.

    Not everyone is a power user, and not everyone will want it.

    If I could, I would remove the stats graph and picture. I don’t use it. It’s not useful. The rest of it is great, especially if we could filter out the GIFs in the signatures.

  22. 22 ToddZ May 5, 2008 at 10:18 am

    I’m sorry to see the Organize tab go. “Stay in Touch” was an innovative, simple and vital feature.

    I’d also rather use the Xobni Organize tab than the lame, screen-wasting Outlook “Today” view. (Actually, I wish you guys would go all the way and design a whole new interface for Outlook, ala Caelo’s <a href=”http://www.emailorganizer.com/” NeoPro.)

  23. 23 doron rotem May 15, 2008 at 3:43 am

    I love your product, and I loved it better when it had the Organize tab in it.
    I started using the O tab instead of MS todo tab. When it disappeared I thought it was a bug, and only now I realize it was on purpose. I think you should have let users know about it via some popup in the product, not just a blog post.
    All in all it might be a good decision on your side. For now I am not uninstalling xobni just because you removed it, but it has became less useful for me. Good luck.

  24. 24 Arp June 2, 2008 at 7:50 am

    when are you releasing xobni on windows 2000

    Thanks

  25. 25 Robert Fleming July 10, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Your program rocks! I have featured it in my blog, and love the LinkedIn interface. Best of luck.

  26. 26 Газзаев August 10, 2008 at 6:15 am

    У меня что-то сегодня с утра Ваш блог не открывался. У всех все нормально было?


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