Archive for October, 2010

Xobni Profile by Microsoft’s BizSpark

As a BizSpark One partner, we get a lot of love from our friends at Microsoft. As mentioned in a previous post, our “partnership” (used loosely) with Microsoft goes way back. It started when we created a product that makes Outlook infinitely better, then spiked when Bill Gates demoed Xobni in 2008 at Microsoft Office’s Developer’s Conference. Late last year, we were selected to join the Microsoft BizSpark One program, an invitation-only program designed to accelerate the growth of high potential startups through a One-on-One relationship with Microsoft. We continue to get great support from our friends in Redmond (and the local BizSpark folks), and enjoyed participating in the BizSpark One Summit this week in Silicon Valley.

BizSpark has started a series of videos that profiles some of the companies in their program, and Jeff Bonforte (our CEO) was one of the first to be featured talking about Xobni.

Thanks to BizSpark for all your support!

Xobni en Français!

By Michael Albers

(English post below)

J’ai le plaisir de vous annoncer la sortie de la version Xobni pour Outlook en Francais ! L’encadré Outlook qui vous permet de consulter votre boite de réception et d’y trouver rapidement et facilement les informations nécessaires relatives à vos contacts, est désormais disponible en Français.

Environ 50% des utilisateurs Xobni se trouvent hors des État-Unis. Suite à un succès de lancement sur le marché Allemand en début d’année, nous sommes maintenant heureux de présenter la version Française à notre base d’utilisateurs particulier et d’entreprises qui ne font qu’augmenter.

Ceci élargit aussi nos efforts pour étendre Xobni de manière globale et assurer une augmentation croissante des utilisateurs Internationaux et Europeens.

Cette version vient équipée de merveilleux gadgets désormais disponibles sur notre version 1.9.5 annoncée récemment (comme Flickr et YouTube).

Vous pouvez visiter notre site  http://xobni.com/fr/ ou bien allez sur xobni.com et téléchargez la dernière version, et voila ! Une fois celle-ci téléchargée, vous y êtes:

  • Un processus d’installation en Français (si vous possédez le système d’exploitation en Français), et l’option de choisir l’interface Française, Anglaise, ou Allemande.
  • 90% de Xobni, comprenant une vidéo d’introduction en Français et tous les formes générales d’interface, a été traduit en Français.
  • Les gadgets localisés pour l’aide, YouTube et Flickr en Français.
  • Basculez à tout moment entre le Français et l’Anglais grâce au menu de Xobni Options.
  • Toutes les fonctionnalités et les gadgets 1.9.5 récemment annoncées.
  • Cette version de Xobni pour Outlook 1.9.5 comprend aussi quelques correctifs de problèmes mineurs depuis la dernière version 1.9.5 dans les parties d’AutoSuggest ainsi que l’affichage gadget.

Nous ne fournissons pas pour le moment le support utilisateur complet en Français, mais nous ne manquerons pas de poursuivre nos efforts pour accompagner chacun de nos utilisateurs.

Veuillez essayer notre version en Français et nous espérons que vous en tirerez l’expérience Française de la version Xobni 1.9.5 et les Gadgets sous Outlook. Les enterprises interessées à l’amélioration de la productivité au travail peuvent contacter notre groupe de vente Entreprises au +1 (877) 899-6264 ou remplir le formulaire suivant.

Toujours en version Anglaise, nos utilisateurs Français pourront essayer Xobni for Blackberry et Xobni One pour avoir une expérience totale de Xobni et accéder ainsi à leurs contacts où qu’ils se trouvent.

Profitez-en !


English Post:

 

I’m pleased to announce the release of Xobni for Outlook en français (In French). The Outlook sidebar that makes searching your inbox and finding information about your contacts fast and easy is now available in French !

About 50% of Xobni users come from outside of the US. After a successful German launch earlier this year, we are now happy to bring a French version to our growing French user base and enterprises.

This also furthers our effort to expand Xobni globally and support a growing International and European user base.

This version will come armed with all the wonderful gadgets available in our recently announced 1.9.5 release (such as Flickr and YouTube).

Please visit xobni.com/fr/ or go to xobni.com to download the latest version, and voila! Once you download, you’ll get:

  • A fully localized French installation process (if on a French OS), and option to choose the French, English or German interface.
  • 90% of Xobni, including the intro video and all major aspects of the interface, has been translated into French.
  • Localized gadgets for Yelp, YouTube and Flickr in French.
  • Switch between French and English at any time via the Xobni Options menu.
  • All the 1.9.5 features and gadgets recently announced
  • This build of Xobni for Outlook 1.9.5 also includes some minor bug fixes since the last 1.9.5 build in the areas of AutoSuggest and gadget display.

We do not yet provide full customer support in French, but we will continue to improve upon this and always make an effort to help any of our users.

Please give Xobni a try en français and we hope you’ll enjoy the French experience, 1.9.5 Xobni version (build 12633) and Gadgets in Outlook. French enterprises interested in increasing productivity in the workplace should contact our Enterprise Sales team at +1 (877) 899-6264 or fill out our Enterprise request form.

Although still in English, our French users should try out Xobni for Blackberry and Xobni One to complete the entire Xobni experience and have access to their contacts wherever they go.

Enjoy!

Huddle Now Available in Outlook – via Xobni

by Josh Jacobson

If you’ve ever tried to track tasks, document revisions, or ever-changing project status updates via email, you probably know that email has its limits.  Yet, the reality is, many of us must spend hours each day in front of Outlook to get our jobs done.

That’s why I am very pleased to announce the availability of Huddle in Xobni for Outlook.

What is Huddle?

Huddle is the cloud-based collaboration platform that lets you connect and work securely with your contacts. Use Huddle to manage people, projects, files and information inside and outside of your business.

Why Huddle and Xobni?

By bringing Xobni and Huddle together, you extend the power of your inbox with quick access to document versioning, no file size limits, discussion forums, and whiteboards.  Instantly search for a contact in Xobni, and see all their recent activities, uploaded files and discussions within shared Huddle workspaces.  Get one-click access to all your shared workspaces with each co-worker, keeping you keep up-to-date on every project.  So even if your data and activity live in the cloud, you can keep tabs on it right inside of Xobni for Outlook.

How does it work?

The Huddle gadget in Xobni for Outlook provides you a dashboard of all activity within the workspaces you share with each co-worker.

  • Invite contacts to Huddle through Xobni for quick and easy collaboration
  • Get instant updates on your contacts’ activity
  • See who’s in your workspaces and quickly create new ones
  • Instantly access shared whiteboards, files, discussions, comments and projects with direct links from Xobni

How do I try it out?

  1. Download Xobni for Outlook 1.9.5 (released today, Oct 12, 2010)
  2. Click the blue and white “h” tab in the sidebar
  3. Create a Huddle account (or just sign in to an existing account)
  4. Click the account activation email and sign in
  5. Find others that you would like to invite to share files or information in a shared workspace, and click “Invite to Workspace”
  6. When you or they post updates, you will see their activity in Xobni
  7. When you see an update that interests you, mouse over to get more information, and click for a direct link to that item on Huddle in the browser

For more information about Huddle, please see http://www.huddle.com/xobni

Xobni for Outlook 1.9.5 Released – First Xobni Gadgets Available

by Josh Jacobson
Earlier this year, Xobni announced that we would be porting the OpenSocial-powered Gmail Contextual Gadgets into Xobni for Outlook, and made a preview version available to developers.  Today we are releasing Xobni 1.9.5, which includes a taste of Xobni Gadgets for the public to enjoy.
Scores of developers have approached us about creating workplace gadgets that increase productivity and collaboration. We’ll be working with trusted developers over time to make their gadgets available to millions of Xobni and Outlook users.
Today, the first reference gadgets that are available are Flickr, Yelp and YouTube.
How it works in Xobni 1.9.5: When an email is sent to a Xobni user that includes a Flickr photo link, YouTube video link or Yelp business listing link, a rich preview of each link will appear at the bottom of the email.  Sometimes a preview is all you need to save the seven-second trip to the browser.  Other times, the preview will simply be a quick way to click straight to the full browser page.  If an email contains multiple links (see picture below), we’ve created a tabbed experience to preserve precious screen space.  Of course, the Xobni Gadget bar at the bottom of messages easily expands and contracts as needed, and can be turned off through Xobni Options.
Over time, new message and sidebar gadgets will become available to users through the Xobni Gadget Manager, which is accessible through the Xobni options.
In addition to Flickr, YouTube, and Yelp, Xobni for Outlook 1.9.5 includes the following changes since 1.9.4:
  • Sidebar integration with Huddle (full post here)
  • Faster search speed
  • Better performance in slow or unreliable network situations
  • Ability to disable “search as you type” (in options)
  • Tons of speed and stability improvements
  • Bug fixes in many areas including AutoSuggest, conversation threading, and memory usage
Developers interested in making their products/services available in Outlook can go to http://www.xobni.com/developer to learn more.
Note: After you download, you will be prompted to close Outlook and the new Xobni version will be installed. All of your data (Xobni profile merges, contact information entries) will be maintained, no matter what version you are using currently.
If you have already purchased Xobni Plus, this download will simply update your software. You will not need to sign in again and no extra fee is required.
Update: Version 1.9.5 was first released October 12th with a build# of 12548, but was updated on Oct 19th with build #12601, which addresses an issue fetching Facebook photos.

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