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.