OUPW: Xobni & the First Job


  • Name: Joe Troyen-Schwartz
  • Position: Business Analyst
  • Heard about Xobni through: Matt Mak, an Analytics specialist at Opera
  • Product he uses: Xobni for Outlook
  • Favorite feature: Attachments Exchanged
  • Product request: Xobni for Gmail

I’m excited to feature Joe in OUPW this week, not only because he’s an enthusiastic Xobni devotee, but also because he exemplifies a user type that has yet to make an appearance on our blog: the recent (well, within 2 years) college grad.  Although frustration with enterprise software is widespread, using stodgy business software can be especially painful for those of us who have gone through school accustomed to using all the cool tech tools we choose.  The functionality Xobni brings to Outlook makes the office software behave in a way much more like what Joe and other Millenials have come to expect from the technology we use.  It certainly seems to resonate with Joe–here’s what he had to say about Xobni:

Detangling the inbox jungle: “Xobni organizes the jungle that is my mailbox into meaningful views.  Groups all conversations by contact, and then allows me to slice and dice from there- by conversation, attachments, links, or just superpowerful search.”

Attachments in a flash: “I don’t even save files on my hard drive anymore.  Seriously, it feels like cheating.”

Email invincibility: “Today my Outlook wasn’t working so I had to spend the day without Xobni.  I felt mortal.”

It’s always awesome to hear Xobni having such a dramatic impact on an Outlook user.  It’s particularly reaffirming that workers at Opera are adopting Xobni, as the consulting firm is known for leveraging the best tech tools for both internal and client use.

If you want to participate in OUPW and get your name in lights on the Xobni blog (and a free t-shirt!), let me know in the comments.

8 Responses to “OUPW: Xobni & the First Job”

  1. 1 baldo May 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Love Xobni but what is up with the photo? Spare us the vacay shot, I want my OUPW seated in a cubicle, preferably wearing uncomfortable clothes and sporting a dull grimace as he sorts through the mind-numbing minutiae of the “successful” life.

  2. 2 Quynh May 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I just started using Window 7 and don’t know how Xobni popped up in my Outlook. It’s a feature in Outlook that automatically remembers the address that I already sent, so I just need to type up the name. Outlook suggests the matched names but then Xobni blocked me from selecting one of the names. That’s why I uninstalled Xobni. It’s a bad way to introduce your product. If Xobni does not do that, I at least would try to use it and see what it is.

  3. 3 Maggie Ronan May 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm


    Thanks for your feedback. You may have gotten Xobni on your computer by accepting an offer from one of our partners. We certainly don’t want to discourage you from trying out our software because of a misconception about what it does.

    To clarify: Xobni does not alter Outlook’s built-in AutoComplete function in any way. The suggested names you were not able to select were actually presented by our premium AutoSuggest feature, which Xobni Plus users have full access to. You can read more about what was going on in this FAQ item: http://www.xobni.com/support/?view=149&terms=autosugge#faqview.

    I’d encourage you to give our Outlook sidebar another shot–it’s been downloaded over 5 million times, and makes your Outlook inbox a much more pleasant and productive place to be. 🙂


  4. 4 Maggie Ronan May 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm


    Thanks for the Xobni love!

    What you’re seeing in Joe’s vacation photo is quite typical for Xobni users: they spare themselves much of the “mind-numbing minutiae” of sorting through their inboxes, and save hours each week…maybe even leading to more time for vacay B-)

  5. 5 Stephanie May 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I love Xobni! I totally second the “Xobni for Gmail” product request! Or any Xobni that will work in a Mac environment.


  6. 6 Mo May 9, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I’ve been using Vista for months and just today Xobni popped up on inbox. No idea how it actually got there. Now that I know it’s not a virus, malware, spyware, whatever I’ll actually try it.

  7. 7 Maggie Ronan May 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Thanks Stephanie! We want to improve the way you manage your relationships on every platform, but we have to take things one day at a time…

    Mo: Glad to hear you’re giving Xobni for Outlook a spin! We love to hear feedback from users; let us know what you think so far on our community forum: http://community.xobni.com

  8. 8 Matteo June 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I love Xobni for Outlook and really hope to have it as a Gmail context gadget very soon on my favorite Google web mail environment!

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