Posts Tagged 'releaseupdate'

Introducing the Nimbb Gadget: Ridiculously Easy Video Messaging in Outlook

by Josh Jacobson

In May, competitors from around the world participated in the Xobni Gadget Hack Day.  There were a number of very impressive entries, but the grand prize went to Montreal-based Benjamin Bérubé who created the Nimbb video gadget.  At the award ceremony, judge/blogger Michael Arrington praised its simplicity, usefulness, and integration with Outlook as the winning qualities.  Now it’s available for free in the Xobni Gadget Store.

Here’s a quick video of how it works:

In a nutshell, the Nimbb gadget has two parts:

  • The Nimbb gadget appears in the Xobni for Outlook sidebar and  allows you to quickly record, review, and send video messages made with your webcam.  An account is not required, and it’s totally free.
  • If someone sends you a Nimbb video via email, the video will automatically appear within the message,  allowing you to watch the video right inside of Outlook.

Nimbb‘s Benjamin Bérubé adds: “Xobni’s OpenSocial container allows us to focus on our video subscription services and not have to worry about the hassle of working in Outlook.”

So, if you have Outlook and are interested in video messages, head on over to get Nimbb from the Xobni Gadget Store.  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Also – Benjamin will be showing his gadget at the International Startup Festival’s “Hack Your Email!” event tomorrow, July 13th, in Montreal.  If you’re in the area, pop in to say hello – he’s a good guy 🙂

Teamwork! Xobni—now available for your whole team


A (wo/)man may do an immense deal of good, if (s)he does not care who gets the credit for it.

While we agree with the theory behind this old teamwork saying, we still think you can sneak a little credit for bringing the new Xobni for Teams to your colleagues today!

Since launching Xobni 3 years ago, we’ve heard from our customers time and time again that they’d love to give the benefits of Xobni to their entire team (oh, you’re too kind!). While we’ve had Xobni Business Solutions available for a while, many of our customers aren’t looking to purchase at an enterprise scale with advanced rollout tools—they just want to get their small group or company working more efficiently using Xobni.  (Did we mention that the average user says they save 45-60 minutes per week by using Xobni?)

Go to Xobni for Teams to get your whole team up and running with Xobni in minutes.

Top 6 Benefits to Xobni for Teams:

  1. Multiple people, one single bill
    Get all the benefits of Xobni and Xobni Pro for a group of people—bundled neatly into a single monthly or annual bill.
  2. Manage with Ease
    Online management for everything: members, licenses, and payment. Never lose track of licenses that you’ve purchased over time. We keep the rollout super-simple: each team member handles installing Xobni on their computer or smartphone.
  3. Flexibility
    New employees? Different employees? You can edit members and shift around licenses at any time.
  4. Volume discounts
    Just $5/person for a monthly subscription or $45/person for the annual subscription.
  5. Premium customer support
    If you have questions, we’re here for you.
  6. Happy, productive team members
    Xobni users are up to 300% more productive according to Exigent, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

How easy is it? All it takes is 4 steps:

  1. Log in.
  2. Add people on your team.
  3. Assign them a Xobni product.
  4. Checkout and send invitations to your team members so they can enjoy Xobni. Done!

Oh, and step 5 is getting kudos (ah hem “credit) from co-workers for bringing Xobni goodness their way.  🙂

Introducing the EchoSign Gadget: Sign documents without ever leaving Outlook.

by Josh Jacobson

While the technology we use to get work done has advanced impressively over the decades, the process of signing documents seems to have become worse since the dark ages.  Why, in this day and age, do we still have to go through Rube Goldberg-like contortions of printing, pens, faxes, couriers, scanners, call-confirmations and email-confirmations to complete simple document signing, especially when most documents start as digital files anyway?  Well, thanks to EchoSign, we can be done with all that.

EchoSign has already built an impressively easy web-based way to send and e-sign documents that has been catching on like wildfire. Over 3 million business people already enjoy its benefits.

Now, EchoSign has made it even easier to sign documents.  The EchoSign Gadget, available for FREE through the Xobni Gadget Store, saves you a round trip to the web browser, and lets you get on with your day.  Here’s how it works:

  1. You receive a “Please E-Sign” email sent via EchoSign,
  2. The EchoSign Gadget allows you to review the entire document and sign it right inside of Outlook.
  3. Now your job is done!  Just delete or file the email as desired.

If you’re asked to sign documents often, this gadget is definitely for you.

It’s just one more way that companies have used the Xobni Gadget Platform to shave minutes or hours off of tasks that their users do every single work day.

Read more about how it works at tips.echosign.com or install the EchoSign Gadget today.

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 for BlackBerry – Major Update

by Rob Barrett (Mobile QA Lead)

Xobni for BlackBerry ended 2010 with a bang and received impressive awards and accolades both from customers and the press. Customer adoption, growth and usage were off the charts. With that came great feedback and recommendations on how to evolve the product for optimal efficiency and productivity, and that is what this release is all about. We have spent countless hours solving the pesky contact management woes.

Thanks to the great feedback from our users, we release Xobni for BlackBerry build 2.0.28. It includes significant user experience and feature updates and as well as some new feature additions from you, our loyal customers.

As always, you can get the latest build from: bb.xobni.comApp WorldMobihandHandangoGetjar and PocketGear (Note: some stores may take a day or so to reflect the update).

Below the list of features and improvements:

New Features/Functionality

  • Free users can now also enjoy the Universal Search functionality (w/ daily limits)
  • Edits in native BB address book now are updated in Xobni
  • A users account is temporarily locked after 5 failed login attempts (when user is logged out)
  • Added a “show password” checkbox on login screen to assist with small keyboard typing
  • Added low memory state manager, to detect when device is low on memory
  • Ability to restart a stopped contact scan due to server issues

UI Updates

  • Edit contact details improvements and refinements
  • Edit recipient screen improvements for composing emails and ability to set cc:, bcc:
  • Xobni Pro icon shown for Pro users in all screens
  • Improvements on forgot password dialog
  •  “Xobni Cloud” now used through app for updating Xobni Cloud
  • Added a loading spinner to the LinkedIn login page for OS 5.0 and higher

Search & Ranking Improvements

  • Search refinements for improved search recall and ranking
  • Improvement to ranking to avoid new contacts from showing up too high in ranking
  • Improvement on phone number parsing for 6.0 devices
  • Merging improvements on initial load
  • Ability to search for suffix titles (e,g: Dr., Mr., etc.)

Bug Fixes & Improvements

  • International character (UTF-8) fix when posting updates, for foreign characters support
  • Improvements and potential fix for email loss on app deletion/install
  • Fix to be able to add Xobni contacts to bcc line
  • Logout and login no longer prompts users to choose email accounts
  • Login screen retry and error handling improvements
  • Speed improvement for LinkedIn and Facebook profile rendering
  • Fix for pictures taken on touchscreen device to be incorrectly rotated
  • Only emails composed from Xobni, have Xobni signature appended (when on)
  • Fix for properly showing the date of a meeting in Xobni for recurring meetings
  • Loading spinner on facebook tab now detects if no profile match was found
  • Fix for handling snooze correctly during initial contact loading & later resume loading
  • Expanding the network section now selects the 1st member in the network
  • Various improvements and fixes

To upgrade to the latest version, simply go to http://bb.xobni.com from your BlackBerry or the store from which you’ve downloaded/purchased our app.

We’d like to thank all of our BlackBerry users for all their feedback, input and suggestions. It has been critical to help us further improve our app, and we’re very grateful!

Enjoy!

The Xobni Mobile Team

Xobni 2.0, Xobni Pro and Xobni Cloud

by Jeff Bonforte

Today Xobni provides personal productivity solutions to over 6M people around the world.  With the release of Xobni 2.0, we continue to deliver our vision of being the ultimate in personal relationship management.  I’d like to elaborate on the previous post by Michael that introduced some of what is to come from Xobni.  To help illustrate the power of a connected Xobni, I thought I’d provide a little context.  So, let’s take a look back…

2008
May: Xobni for Outlook v1 – Public Beta on May 5, 2008

2009
July: Xobni Plus launched

2010
Jan: Xobni for Enterprise
Mar: Xobni for BlackBerry
Mar: Xobni One
Jun: Xobni for Outlook 2010 (32-bit and 64-bit)

2011 (just the first half!)
Jan: Xobni for BlackBerry 2.0
Mar: Xobni for Outlook 2.0
Mar: Xobni Cloud
Mar: Xobni Pro
Q2: Unannounced Product for business users
Q2: Xobni for Gmail
Q2: Xobni for iPhone
Q2: Xobni for Android

In fact, in 2011 we will ship more new products than in the last three years, combined. Here’s why: the Xobni Cloud.  We’ll go into our new cloud platform a bit more below, but first, let me tell you about the new Xobni 2.0 and Xobni Pro. Together, they allow you to seamlessly manage thousands of relationships and allow us to provide you with powerful tools for your inbox and smartphone.

Xobni 2.0 for Outlook and BlackBerry (both free)
Xobni for Outlook v2.0 includes hundreds of updates, improvements and new features from our v1 product. It sports a fancy new grey skin, which makes Xobni look a bit more at home in Outlook. It includeslight-weight access to our new Spam Rescue feature, which looks through the junk folder for any emails that may have been incorrectly quarantined by Outlook. It also includes a number of key speed and stability enhancements. Xobni for Outlook v2.0 is available now for free. You can learn more and download it here.

Xobni for BlackBerry v2.0 is the free version of our award-winning automatic address book and lightning fast search app for your BlackBerry.

Xobni Pro
We have wiped out all the complexity of upgrading to our premium products with one unified premium level – Xobni Pro. With one low monthly or annual fee, you have personal access to as many of our Pro products as you need – the list of platforms Xobni supports will grow rapidly this year. As a Xobni Pro subscriber, you can run the Pro version of our Outlook product on multiple machines at no additional charge. Same is true for our BlackBerry app. In fact, as new versions of Xobni come out for other smartphones and inboxes, you get all the Pro versions at no additional cost.

Xobni Pro for Outlook is the premium version of our Outlook product, and it is perfect for both email power users and for those for whom managing relationships is their business. It includes a number of great upgrades to the free version, including the ability to export a Xobni Contact to your Outlook address book. It also offers unlimited access to our new Spam Rescue feature, which looks each day for incorrectly junked emails and automatically rescues them. Xobni Pro includes our Xobni Rank-powered AutoSuggest feature (favorite feature by users), access to shared events with a contact, and allows search in unlimited PSTs. And our Pro product sports a beautiful new blue skin, so it looks like Outlook’s better-looking cousin.

Xobni Pro for BlackBerry is the premium version of the BlackBerry product: it includes advanced search, customization, unlimited access to our magic autosuggest in your email compose window, and the ability to export Xobni contacts to the BlackBerry address book.

Xobni Cloud – The new brains in the relationship
The key to Xobni Pro and the many new products and platforms you will see from us in 2011 is Xobni Cloud (replacing Xobni One). It is the most fundamental step forward for the company since it started five years ago. The Xobni Cloud is our new highly secure, scalable and smart platform, and it delivers three key elements to our products: Smarter. Faster. Connected.

The Xobni Cloud is easily the smartest product we’ve ever released, and because it is in the cloud, it gets smarter daily.  It has new intelligent algorithms on merging contacts, which is really important as you link Xobni to multiple inboxes and platforms.

The Xobni Cloud reduces the work done by many features and products, making them faster, more reliable and less resource intensive. It also allows our product team to deliver new products and features to you faster than ever and enables us to launch products in places we couldn’t go before, like Gmail, iPhone, Android and more. Accessing the power of Xobni in more places has been the single biggest request from customers over the past eighteen months.

Xobni Cloud connects you to your relationships. Your life and your relationships aren’t siloed into one email account or one device. With Xobni Cloud and Xobni Pro, the people you interact with can span multiple inboxes, devices, jobs and even years. It is incredibly powerful, and it only gets more powerful over time.

If you are ready to get Xobni Pro, sign up here.  Want to test the waters or don’t need all the power of Pro? Download Xobni’s full suite of free products.

I’ve answered some of the frequent questions I receive from our current customers below. If you have more, we have a few FAQs online. And, of course, you are welcome to visit our community support or contact our fast, friendly and helpful support team.

Jeff Bonforte
CEO, Xobni

Some Frequently Asked Questions
If I am happy with Xobni Plus now, can I just stay put?
Yes. We will continue to provide support for our Plus and Free users on v1.x releases of Xobni. Your Plus license offers “perpetual” access to those features on our v1.x releases.

Why the move to subscription vs. version licensing?
There are four reasons why we moved from a perpetual license model to a subscription model: release new features and platforms faster, simplify our premium offerings, make the system smarter, and allow it all to work together. In the old model, we had to hold back big improvements and features for the next big release, so we could deliver the value that warranted a new version license fee. Moving forward, we want to release great new features when they’re ready, and we want to make sure all our customers are using the latest and greatest from Xobni. With version licensing, many users stay behind causing significant development and support difficulty. As evidence of the long term complexity of this, consider Microsoft Office. There are four major versions in use today: pre-2003, 2003, 2007 and 2010. So each version has to get updates and QA against each other. Backwards compatibility becomes very complex, etc. About 50% of all Office users are still on Office 2003 or earlier!

We knew that 2011 was our year to expand Xobni to more platforms – and the new model sets us up to manage this much more elegantly. Plain and simple: for $4.99/mo (when you buy annual subscription), you get the Pro versions of all of our products. Today this includes premium versions of Outlook and BlackBerry, and soon much, much more. Considering over 80% of our customers have a smartphone and over 90% have at least two email accounts, this is a simpler path for users and helps us to deliver more value, quicker.

Is the new Xobni Cloud secure?
We have very demanding customers, including many government agencies like NASA and the US Army…not to mention over 90% of the Fortune 500. We have a lot of scrutiny on our security and system integrity. We take your privacy seriously. If you’d prefer, you can go Pro and opt out of us storing any data of yours in the cloud (though that kills the working across products and backup benefit). You can learn more here.

To view more FAQs, click here.

Xobni for Gmail, Android & iPhone coming soon! – Testers wanted.

Xobni for GMail BETA, Android ALPHA & iPhone ALPHA

by Michael Albers

Not a day goes by at Xobni, without hearing “When will Xobni work on Gmail, Android or iPhone?”.  This is truly the #1 request from Xobni users, and we’ve been listening.

Last week, we deployed a new service called Xobni Pro. This service includes the robust “Xobni Cloud” architecture, which enables us to develop new products faster. More importantly, it connects Xobni’s relationship management service across multiple platforms and devices.

Previously, Xobni users could only unite their Xobni Contacts and rich profiles across Outlook and BlackBerry. Now, with the Xobni Cloud, we can extend this further. The Xobni Cloud is the foundation that will enable us to support new products and platforms going forward.

Today we’re announcing that Xobni is coming to Gmail, Android and iPhone.

Xobni for Gmail BETA – The Xobni sidebar comes to Gmail! Sign up for the Gmail BETA.

  • Put a face and a name to every email
  • Lightning-fast contact search
  • See relationship history and mutual contacts
  • Enriched contact info from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Xobni for Android & iPhone ALPHA – The Xobni app on your Android and iPhone providing quick access to your Xobni contacts and information.  Sign up for the Android ALPHA or sign up for the iPhone ALPHA.

  • Bring your Xobni automatic address book to your Smartphone
  • Access Xobni Contacts from Gmail, Outlook, BlackBerry
  • See recent emails and mutual contacts
  • Lightning-fast contact search

Testers Wanted

Over the past few months, we have been in Private Alpha mode with Xobni for Gmail with some of the most amazing Alpha testers in the world! This loyal team of testers has been invaluable: diligently identifying bugs, suggesting new features, and providing lots of encouragement along the way during our ALPHA. Thanks so much to each of you for your emails and posts in the forums—your participation makes a difference!

So, if you’re one of those really early adopters, and like to get an early peek at these products, or if you’re one of the thousands that has written us asking for Xobni in Gmail, iPhone and Android—we’d love to have you on our Alpha (or Beta) tester team. Sign up on the respective pages for Gmail BETAAndroid ALPHA and iPhone ALPHA products.  We’ll be letting users in on a first come, first served basis. All  feedback, thoughts and ideas are welcomed.

You might be wondering: will there be a Free and Pro version of these products? The answer is: Yes! We aren’t sharing all those details yet, but we will in time.

We hope you’re as excited as we are, and we are looking forward to developing these products with you by our side.

Thanks!

The Xobni Product Team


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