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 contacts based on any keyword search, it also excels at surfacing meetings and file attachments, hyperlinks, and even personal information extracted from social networks, like photos and phone numbers.
Visually, Xobni displays a sidebar that slides in an out from the right and over the reading pane. From there, you'll be able to search for contacts and messages, and interact with the profile, message, or files from there. When at rest, Xobni displays the profile it's collected on the contact in question--from a hyperlinked e-mail address and phone number to a Skype plug-in, Facebook picture, and LinkedIn profile, assuming the contact has enabled third-party sharing in his or her social network settings. You'll likewise be able to get at the contact's network, and past conversations from here.
Xobni also makes an appearance in the navigation ribbon of Outlook 2010, with a search bar and a shortcut key for hiding and revealing the side bar.
Activate the premium version, Xobni Plus, for $30 (and a free, 14-day trial) and you'll open the door to broader search data (appointments and tasks), more powerful search terms (phrases and Boolean), and an advanced search builder. Xobni Plus also includes full text and direct e-mail filters. Best yet, Xobni Plus adds its index of e-mail addresses to the "To" field of every message you compose, sometimes replicating, but nevertheless vastly expanding, your address book.
Unlike many other Outlook add-ons, both free and upgraded versions of Xobni add functionality without greatly dragging down Outlook's performance. The interface doesn't get in the way, and, in fact, makes communication easier. We recommend Xobni for any Outlook user.
Xobni finds all the people you know through your emails, SMS messages and phone calls, and automatically creates a rich profile for them. Each profile includes their photo, signature info and the messages you've exchanged, as well as their updates from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Xobni makes all this information available to you wherever you are (Outlook, Gmail and BlackBerry for now with iPhone and Android coming soon).
Compatible with Xobni Pro. With Pro, you also get:
Contact Export- Add Xobni Contacts to your Outlook address book. Xobni Cloud- Connect Xobni Contacts across Outlook and BlackBerry for now, but Gmail, Android and iPhone are coming soon. Xobni-Ranked AutoSuggest- Access your Xobni Contacts when composing messages. Advanced Search- Search all your contacts and email. Daily Spam Rescue alerts and automatic rescue. Multiple PC support. Xobni Pro for BlackBerry.
Was able to find a few things but not worth the trouble
Processor hit May have "bunged up" my Windows Search Kludge interface difficult to read results Bait and switch scam
Skip it. If like me you have several email accounts and you're looking for a way to search all, this tool will do it and you'll be miserable each time you use it. I wish someone would buy them and fix the interface and license issues and release a goodproduct. That I would buy, but Xobni is not IT!
Probably my fault for thinking I could use two versions of Outlook and leave the plug-in on the older version. Uninstalled and now neither version of Outlook works. Uninstalled Preview, now trying for fix 10.
USE CAUTION, if you aren't certain call them or just don't do it man.
Unreliable; I installed the free version and it kept asked me to upgrade, when I didn't do it, it somehow started sending me spams and on separate emails telling me how I can avoid these spam emails by buying a full version. So I just uninstalled it. Bad Bad Bad!
I downloaded Xobni at the recommendation of a coworker last year for Outlook. It was much faster than Outlook search but I was slightly irritated that contacts I know I have in Outlook were ones I couldn't access any longer unless I upgraded to Pro. For the most part, I was able to use the search function to at least find the email and Reply to the email to get the contact I needed which added yet another step to my daily emailing functionality.
This week I was prompted to upgrade my Xobni software. Now, emails that I sent last week are no longer accessible to me unless I purchase Pro. My old tactic of search and find no longer works either.
Got a license for Xobni Plus, got discontinued. Needed to re-format computer. Couldn't get Xobni Plus to work again, neither my license worked on the Pro version. And now it's a monthly payment! I will never use this product again.
Your license to Xobni Plus was not discontinued. It appears that you chose to upgrade to the 2.0 product, which works with a different premium service called Xobni Pro (which you referenced). The good news is that your Xobni Plus will continue to work on the 1.0 version. Simply follow these steps from our support pages to get it back. https://support.xobni.com/entries/483133-xobni-plus-vs-pro-faq-what-happened-to-my-xobni-plus
It does not work because Microsoft does not have a plugin platform for Outlook 2011. It's not Xombi's fault that MSFT cripples Outlook 2011 because they do not want to support third party add-ins on the platform. Kind of sad if you ask me...
Would be great if the software worked some of the time.
I originally bought the "plus" account, the product worked for about a year. Now the product no longer works and they want me to upgrade monthly plan. I cant stand bait and switch scams, this company is clearly in the business of bait and switch.