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Introducing the Xobni Gadget Store. Kick your email up a notch with Evernote, Yammer, Salesforce, Chatter, Dropbox, JIRA, WebEx and more.

Xobni Gadget Storeby Josh Jacobson 

Today marks a major milestone for Xobni—and for our customers. You may already have been following the progress of our Xobni Gadget platform, available to developers to seamlessly integrate web-based services into the Xobni for Outlook experience. Having seen incredibly useful and time-saving gadgets created and beta-tested over the past few months, we’re now thrilled to announce the Xobni Gadget Store. Take advantage of direct access to a new world of productive services and applications from a wide range of industry-leading partners (press release).

Web-based document sharing, lead tracking, issue monitoring and editing, note-taking—your inbox is about to get a lot more powerful.  Imagine being able to integrate great services like these right into your Xobni experience (without leaving Outlook):

Now you can choose any of the Xobni Gadgets you want—or the whole batch if you like—for prices ranging from free to only $9.99/year (with 30 day free trial).

We’ve made it easy for you to add Gadgets to Xobni. Just click on over to the Xobni Gadget Store and take your pick of the gadgets available. Then make sure you’re on the latest and greatest version of Xobni for Outlook. That’s version 2.0.1 for Xobni Pro subscribers and free users (most of you), and an updated 1.9.6 for existing Xobni Plus users (release notes).

For enterprises, the Xobni Gadget Platform now makes it easy to create private gadgets based on your existing internal services to help employees become more productive and effective. Xobni Business Solutions customers can deploy their own customized gadgets via the Xobni Enterprise Admin Portal. You can find out more about these programs here.

Today, Xobni Gadgets are available for Xobni for Outlook.  Over the coming months, we’ll be looking at ways to widen the platform to Xobni for Gmail and Xobni mobile as well.

Customers we’ve talked to are pumped up about the new era of Xobni Gadgets, and we hope you are, too. It’s just one more way we can make your inbox the best it can possibly be.

Developers – interested in creating your own gadgets, or just kicking the tires of the platform? Join us on Monday, May 9th, for the Xobni Gadget Hack day (you can start coding now). Hacks will be judged by Michael Arrington and others. Register now for free – limited spots available.  

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!

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!


Xobni 1.9.4: Not a single new feature. (Just tons of improvements)

by Josh Jacobson

Xobni understands that first and foremost, your email experience must be fast, reliable, and stable.  Since the release of Xobni for Outlook 1.9.3, we have been focusing on improving Xobni’s core components and working with customers to make many of the highest priority bug fixes.

Xobni for Outlook 1.9.4 (build 11981) is now available and includes a number of improvements in stability and performance, as well as bug fixes, including:

Performance

  • Many Xobni users would go off to lunch and then come back and feel that Outlook/Xobni was slow.  Xobni was running a number of background indexes and now pauses them as soon as you return so there is no slowdown when you’re working.
  • The “precompute all profiles” stage of indexing will take less time.

General

  • Your custom Outlook signatures are now shown when generating “Schedule Time With,” fun facts, and invitation emails.
  • A number of crashes were diagnosed and fixed (thanks to those who are in the Product Improvement Program)

Phone Numbers

  • Improved the automatic phone number extraction to recognize more international numbers

Conversations and Attachments

  • Conversations are now grouped more reliably instead of occasionally being split into multiple conversations.
  • Attachment indexing is now more thorough; some instances of missed attachments were fixed.

AutoSuggest

  • Many improvements to the display & reliability of the Xobni AutoSuggest window
  • Restart of Outlook 2010 is no longer required to disable Xobni AutoSuggest

Search

  • Names with foreign characters can now be searched for in mixed case

Thanks to everyone on our community forums, our alpha users, and those who filed support cases with “Inspector X” files to help us track down issues and make the email experience more productive for everyone.  Now download Xobni and get back to work 🙂

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.

Thanks for using Xobni!

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General info: After you download, you will be prompted to close Outlook and the new Xobni version will be installed. All of your data (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.

Thanks for using Xobni!

Download the Latest Xobni Now

Xobni auf Deutsch, mit XING!

by Michael Albers

(English post below)

Heute möchte ich Ihnen mit großer Freude die Freischaltung von Xobni auf deutsch bekanntgeben. Xobni, die Randleiste mit der Sie schnell und einfach Ihren Posteingang durchsuchen und Kontaktdaten auffinden können, steht nun auf deutsch zur Verfügung!

Rund 50% der Xobni Nutzer leben außerhalb der USA, ein großer Teil davon in Deutschland. Daher haben wir uns entschlossen, als ersten Schritt zu einer internationalen Expansion, unsere Präsenz im deutschsprachigen Raum durch eine deutsche Version zu untermauern. Unsere Produkte stehen damit ab sofort auf den deutschsprachigen Märkten (Deutschland, Österreich und Schweiz) zur Verfügung.

Xobni 1.9.3 in German with XING

Natürlich wären wir nicht in der Lage, ein überzeugendes Produkt ohne die enge Integration von XING zu liefern, dem auf den deutschsprachigen Märkten beliebtesten Business-Netzwerk.

Ab heute stehen den Xobni Nutzern folgende Dienste zur Verfügung:

  • Unter www.xobni.de (Deutsche website) steht die neueste Version von Xobni für Outlook 1.9.3 zum downloaden bereit.
  • Eine komplett deutsche Installation (auf einem deutschen Betriebssystem), ist ab sofort möglich.
  • 90% von Xobni, einschließlich des Intro-Videos und alle wichtigen Aspekte der Benutzeroberfläche ist ins Deutsche übersetzt
  • XING wurde integriert und ist die Standard-Erweiterung in deutscher Sprache, zeigt Profil-Informationen an, Details und das Foto in der Randleiste von Xobni. Derzeitige Nutzer der Englischen Version von Xobni können Xing in den Optionen> Integration> Anpassen-Menü integrieren.
  • Wechseln Sie zwischen deutscher und englischer Sprache jederzeit mit unserer Xobni “Optionen” Menü

Der Randleiste sind noch nicht vollständig übersetzt, und Einige Passagen auf unsere Website. Wir arbeiten jedoch daran und werden unseren Nutzern in absehbarer Zeit auch einen deutschsprachigen Support zur Verfügung stellen.

Wir wünschen allen unseren Nutzern viel Spaß beim Ausprobieren von der neuen deutschsprachigen Xobni, und integrierung von XING in Outlook!

Wir haben bereits sehr positive Reaktionen auf unsere Xobni für Blackberry (noch in englischer Sprache) und Xobni One, mit deren Hilfe unsere Nutzer den Xobni-Service auch unterwegs nutzen können.

Für Unternehmen Anfragen, können Kunden auch die Möglichkeit unseren deutschen Wiederverkäufer zu nutzen.

Viel Spaß!

English post:



Xobni in German, with XING!

Today I am pleased to announce the release of Xobni for Outlook auf Deutsch. The Outlook sidebar that makes searching your inbox and finding information about your contacts fast and easy is now available in German!

Roughly 50% of Xobni customers reside outside of the US. In the past, they had access to the one and only English Xobni for Outlook. No more. Our premier effort to expand Xobni globally and support a growing International user base begins today with the German-speaking markets (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

Of course, we have also super-charged Xobni for Outlook with XING photos and business profiles. XING is the most popular business network for German speakers, and has lately been the #1 requested Xobni extension.

So please visit xobni.de (German page) or xobni.com to download Xobni for Outlook 1.9.3 (build 11166), which includes these new features (since Xobni 1.9.2):

  • A fully German installation process (if on a German OS), and option to choose the German or English interface
  • 90% of Xobni, including the intro video and all major aspects of the interface, has been translated into German.
  • XING will appear by default for the German version of Xobni, showing job titles, photos, detailed profile information, as well as an “Add” button for people not yet in your XING network. Those using the English version of Xobni will need to “enable” Xing in the Options > Integration > Customize menu.
  • Switch between German and English at any time via the Xobni Options menu.
  • Other Outlook 2010-related bug fixes (ribbon menus appearing more consistently and improved AutoSuggest stability)

We do not yet provide customer support in German, but we will continue to improve upon this and deliver our German users the best experience possible.

Please join me in trying out Xobni auf Deutsch and we hope you’ll enjoy the new experience and tight integration of XING in Outlook.

Of course, our German users will also appreciate being able to use Xobni for Blackberry (although still in English) and Xobni One to complete their entire Xobni experience and have access to their contacts wherever they go.

For any Enterprise inquiries customers will also be able to leverage our German Resellers.

Enjoy!

Update May 21st: Build 11108 was replaced with build 11166 to fix a LinkedIn image issue.

Y2K + 10. Xobni now fully supports Outlook 2010 32-bit and 64-bit!

by Josh Jacobson

Remember the massive effort undertaken to make sure that the world’s technology was ready for Y2K? The BBC reported that the work done in preparation for Y2K cost over $300 billion. Most of that work was considered a success if it remained completely invisible.

At Xobni, we’ve had our own little Y2K in recent weeks (minus the $300 billion price tag) and we call it “Y2K+10.” When Microsoft announced that Outlook 2010 would be available to consumers in June, we were excited to integrate with the updated platform. Since then, a select group of us have been heads-down (others were slightly pre-occupied). Integrating with the new 64-bit flavor of Outlook accounted for a hefty portion of the effort, though users of all versions of Outlook + Xobni will now benefit from that groundwork.

Today, I’m pleased to announce that Xobni now fully supports Outlook 2010 – a full six weeks prior to the expected consumer launch of the brand-new version of Outlook. In addition, Xobni 1.9.2 is also fully compatible with the free Outlook 2010 beta that is currently available to the public.

While most of our focus has been on making Xobni work seamlessly with Outlook 2010 (in fact this has been the #1 feature request recently), we have also incorporated Xobni into the new Outlook ribbon for 2010-only functionality. In addition, there are a few features, detailed below, that will be attractive to Xobni users with Outlook 2003 and 2007 as well.

So please download Xobni 1.9.2 (build 10908) and enjoy the “invisible” features today. 🙂

Update: CNET’s Download.com has given Xobni five out of five stars! See the full review.
Update 2: Build 10605 has been replaced with build 10908 to fix an “Xobni not loading” issue that some were experiencing.

(All features mentioned below are new since version 1.9.1 build 10169):

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Outlook 2010 Compatibility

  • All features available in previous versions are now working and optimized for Outlook 2010 (32-bit and 64-bit) public beta version and later.
  • New Quick-Access in the Ribbon (see illustration)
    – Search from Ribbon when Xobni sidebar is collapsed
    – Show/Hide Xobni sidebar with one click
    – Xobni menu always available
  • If multiple Outlook windows are open, clicking “Show/Hide Xobni” will move the Xobni sidebar to your current Outlook window.

Non-Administrator Install

  • Many users who are not “administrators” on their computers can now install Xobni.

Other Enhancements

  • Fewer conflicts experienced with other add-ins (Trend Micro Anti-Spam, for example)
  • Xobni AutoSuggestions can be deleted from the compose screen. Simply highlight the suggested email address you’d like to delete and hit the “delete” key. If you email that address again in the future, the suggestion will return after the next Xobni index process takes place.
  • Twitter profile images now show in business card area if a Twitter name is already chosen (see illustration).

More Minor Changes

  • Users of Xobni One who have more than one copy of Outlook will now see profile photos transfer from one Xobni sidebar to the other.
  • Photos of people appear in the Network tab instead of small grey or orange icons.
  • The Network section has been moved below the Files Exchanged section.
  • Task bar is now to the left of the Xobni bar in Outlook 2010
  • Xobni shows the recipient of the currently-selected email if the email is from you, no matter what folder it’s in. This is helpful for users that keep their sent mail outside of the default Sent Items folder.

Known Issues

  • In Outlook 2010, the minimized Xobni is slightly wider than in Outlook 2007
  • When the Xobni installer completes and runs Outlook for the first time, the message “Windows Desktop Search is not available” may appear at the bottom of Outlook. Restarting Outlook solves this permanently (details).

Please continue to let us know how we can keep improving your productivity through the Xobni Community, and thank you to everyone who participated in the topics that helped inform today’s update.

General info: After you download, you will be prompted to close Outlook and the new Xobni version will be installed. All of your data (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.

Thanks for using Xobni!

Download the Latest Xobni Now

Xobni for BlackBerry is Now Available!

by Michael Holzer

I am very excited to announce the release of Xobni for BlackBerry. It makes managing your address book a thing of the past – You will never need to “Add a Contact” again. Early feedback from our alpha users is that they have stopped using their native address books completely and use only Xobni for BlackBerry.

The power of Xobni for BlackBerry is found in exposing connections you never knew you had as well as in the depth of the profiles that are created. All profiles are created automatically and are as complete as the information we have to complete them – including recent emails, phone calls, SMS messages, upcoming and past meetings, and the network for each of your contacts. You can even view information and images from your contacts using the LinkedIn and Facebook. Everything you need is a single click away, so you can immediately contact anyone the way you want.

With Xobni Rank, we learn who you communicate with most often and order your address book by that – you always have the most important people at the top. Search for “Mike” and even if there are 20 Mikes in your Xobni address book, the most important one rises instantly.

We built our first mobile application on the BlackBerry platform because we could deeply integrate within the native OS to provide an impactful and seamless experience for our users. If you’re composing a message using the native BlackBerry compose screen, you can access all of your Xobni contacts with a flick up of your trackpad/ball. We love being able to improve our customers’ existing work-flow instead of forcing them to change it.

The icing on the cake is Xobni One. Xobni One leverages our new cloud-based service to connect Xobni for Outlook and Xobni for BlackBerry, giving you all your Xobni contacts on your phone, where you need them most. A separate post on the magic of Xobni One is coming soon.

This is the stuff that excites me – Creating great products that solve real problems!

Note: To connect to Outlook, Xobni One requires Xobni for Outlook 1.9.1 (build 10169 or later). This is an optional download for other Xobni users, and contains the following new features since version 1.9.0:

Xobni for Outlook 1.9.1 - Xobni One Menu

  • Xobni One will update automatically when the computer is left idle (after the regular Xobni index process)
  • New “Update Xobni One” menu item (see screenshot)
  • Ability to delete Xobni One data from the server at any time in the Xobni Options window (under the “indexing” tab)
  • Nearly unlimited phone numbers and fax numbers can be added for an existing Xobni profile (though still only the top two will show in the Xobni sidebar)
  • When two Xobni profiles are merged, their phone numbers merge as well
  • Numbers from Outlook Contacts are shown in the Xobni profile “edit” screen to help show the source of those numbers


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