5 time-saving Outlook add-ons

Jessica Dolcourt Jessica Dolcourt, Senior Editor April 20, 2010

When we find an app that makes your Outlook 2007 workflow faster or more convenient, will we sit idly by and hoard the good news to ourselves? No! We'll round up the noteworthy in-box add-ons and make them yours for the taking. Harmony for Google Docs beta (hands-on) draws your Web-based Google documents into an Outlook sidebar so you can read, edit, create, and share Google Docs with Outlook contacts, without leaving Outlook. Bccthis, in beta, also sets its sights on sharing, but in a craftier capacity. Use it to send an additional private message to some but not all of your e-mail recipients.


Google Calendar Sync, also in beta, is Google's attempt to marry its online social calendar to your Outlook calendar. Xobni and Gwabbit are two add-ons that tackle Outlook's social and e-mail chaos. The freemium Xobni is talented at finding contacts, e-mail conversations, attachments, and links at speeds that make Outlook weep in shame, and it's the only app in our list that's also prepared for Outlook 2010. Gwabbit, on the other hand, is a free-to-try app best suited for business professionals. Gwabbit captures e-mail signatures and adds the resultant new contacts to Outlook's address book.

Product Name Harmon.ie for Google Docs Xobni Gwabbit
Date Added June 23, 2010 July 20, 2011 December 23, 2010
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Review Date September 06, 2010 April 15, 2010 March 17, 2009
Summary Google Docs untethers business users, and Microsoft Outlook anchors the business world; when they meet, they make harmony. Or, more precisely, Harmonie makes them: it'... Read more The free Outlook add-on Xobni beats the pants off Outlook's built-in e-mail search. While Xobni's core talent lays in rapidly finding e-mails and ... Read more At the end of the day, Gwabbit's Outlook add-on application is a good idea that doesn't work as well as it should. But ... Read more
License Free Free Free to try; $19.95
Limitations No limitations No limitations 14-day trial, saves 20 contacts only
Downloads Last Week 9 42 3
Total Downloads 54952 300787 1769
File Size 457.11K 6.7MB 885K
Operating Systems Windows 7
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Additional Requirements Outlook 2007, Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, Windows SharePoint Services (WSS 3.0) Microsoft Outlook 2003/2007/2010, .NET Framework 2.0 Microsoft Outlook 2010 (32-bit and 64-bit), 2007, 2003, 2002 (Office XP), or 2000
Publisher Mainsoft Xobni gwabbit