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.

Thanks for using Xobni!


8 Responses to “Xobni for Outlook 1.9.5 Released – First Xobni Gadgets Available”


  1. 1 Gryzor October 16, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Great news…

    One question – I have bought the full version, but was wondering if Huddle works with the free version as well?

    Regards
    T

    • 2 joshjacobson October 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm

      Hi Gryzor,
      Huddle does indeed work for free and Plus users of Xobni. Thanks for your purchase of Xobni Plus and let us know how this integration works for you.

  2. 3 Sudhanshu Sinha October 25, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Hi,

    I think the gadgets is a excellent stuff and opens of whole new avenues for the features. There is one feature which i humbly request to the developers of Xobni.

    Can we have a gadgets which when expended in message can show all the conversation thread belonging to that message . It will be a excellent stuff to have.

    Regards
    Sudhanshu

  3. 4 Shawn Hank October 26, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Will you guys be posting the release notes for the new 12633 release that was put out a few days ago?

    Thanks,
    Shawn

  4. 5 Ethan Lipman November 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Do you folks publish a change log of what you’ve updated per build? would be nice to know if I should download the latest update… If there are major changes do you push notification to your user through the app?

  5. 6 Josh Jacobson November 3, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Hi Ethan,

    We use the blog as our change log; though we don’t always go hyper-specific on individual bugs. To filter down to only the release updates you can use the “releaseupdate” tag:

    http://blog.xobni.com/tag/releaseupdate/

    Regarding major changes, we do push a notification through the app after a settling period. And you can always go to the “About” box, which will do a check to see if you’re running the latest build.

    Hope that helps!

  6. 7 Ethan Lipman November 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Very Helpful, Thanks Josh!


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