Archive for April, 2009

New Xobni Facebook Extension

Hello Friends,

We have pushed live a new Xobni Facebook extension. For those of you that don’t know our naming ontology, extensions are the 3rd party information area that appears in the Xobni sidebar below the business card section.

fbextension

The extensions show you information from Facebook, LinkedIn, Hoovers as well as stats from your email history. The cool thing about these extensions is that they are like mini websites, so we are able to update them on our servers and our users can see new feature without having to install a new version of Xobni.

On Monday, Facebook extended their API to allow profile streams to be accessed via the API. What does this mean for Xobni users? Now the data in the Facebook extension in your Xobni sidebar is even more relevant and more real time. You will see recent status updates, pictures, wall posts, and other information that appears on your friend’s facebook profiles. You will also be able to comment and “like” these items from within Xobni. Our hope is that this information will allow you to build stronger and more informed relationships inside email.

This new extension will automatically be pushed live across all Xobni users within a few days. If you want to see it immediately, you will have to clear the cache in Internet Explorer. You can do that by following these steps:

1. Open Internet Explorer
2. Tools > Internet Options > General Tab
3. Click “Delete…” under “Browsing History”
4. Click “Delete all…”
5. Close IE
6. Restart Outlook.

We announced this feature, and have received some great press.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/163977/xobni_meets_facebook_right_inside_outlook.html

http://venturebeat.com/2009/04/27/xobni-brings-facebook-streams-into-outlook/

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/27/feed-me-xobni-going-live-with-full-facebook-stream-tonight/

http://mashable.com/2009/04/27/xobni-facebook-stream/

Please pay us the greatest compliment by twittering, blogging, or emailing this story to friends that are suffering in Outlook without Xobni. Here is an easy link to this blog post: http://bit.ly/A7rpC

Great Performance Hotfix from Microsoft's Outlook Team

In case you haven’t heard, while the Xobni team has been working hard on improving performance, the Microsoft Outlook team itself has been focused on performance. They have come up with a hotfix that improves Outlook’s performance, especially under the stress of large PST files. This hotfix will be shipped as part of Office 2007 Service Pack 2 next month, but if you want it now, you can get it here:

http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=961752&kbln=en-us

We love seeing this kind of improvement come out of Redmond. Microsoft Outlook product manager, and friend of Xobni, Dev Balasubramanian has written about their hotfix release in this blog post.

Most of the team here at Xobni has installed the hotfix and we are happy with the performance improvements. Some users have reported a 15-60 min Outlook startup after first installing this hotfix as it reconfigures your PSTs, but nobody here at Xobni has experienced any issues.

We just wanted to share this tasty snack with you as our goal at Xobni is to share email happiness with our users ever chance we get.


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