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Xobni

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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 1.8 with Xobni Plus:

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 136 votes

    • 5 star: 31
    • 4 star: 45
    • 3 star: 21
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 25
  • Current version:

    1.7 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does NOT bulk export contacts ! False license add"

    March 25, 2013  |   By Chrizboy

    Version: Xobni 2.0.1

    Pros

    - fast search

    Cons

    - heavy processor workload
    - false advertising, free for ever then change
    - does NOT export contacts in bulk
    once you use it, you're caught !
    Users requested this for years...

    Beware !

    Summary

    Beware issues/problems before buying Xobni !

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  • 1.0 stars

    "With Office 10 and Office Preview NOOOOO!"

    October 12, 2012  |   By rldewitte

    Version: Xobni 2.0.1

    Pros

    none as it wouldn't function in my environment

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    USE CAUTION, if you aren't certain call them or just don't do it man.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent!!!!"

    October 5, 2012  |   By avinashkunchurkar

    Version: Xobni 2.0.1

    Pros

    This Product is great and helps manage your mails and attachments so easily. Its awesome

    Cons

    It has a cons, but very negligible to what it can do. Very effective for mails when you recieve 100 mails per day

    Summary

    I one line, A life saviour why??? Because it saves a hell of my time

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't trust this software with your Contacts"

    June 13, 2012  |   By d--e

    Version: Xobni 2.0.1

    Pros

    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!

    Cons

    Fast search.

    Summary

    Unreliable

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Xobni in the business of bait & switch"

    January 6, 2012  |   By SocEntInstitute

    Version: Xobni 2.0.1

    Pros

    None that I can find after a year of usage.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    SKIP IT, this product is a total scam.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Licensing scam"

    January 2, 2012  |   By zeastrolux

    Version: Xobni 2.0.1

    Pros

    Great product.

    Cons

    License scam.

    Summary

    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.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Ignores Mac Users, Windows version barely passable"

    December 28, 2011  |   By Small Biz CEO

    Version: Xobni 2.0.1

    Pros

    Okay but not intuitive

    Cons

    No Mac Support. Supporting iphone but not ipad or Mac OS is just plain silly.

    Summary

    If you are targeting business users you have to support Macs and PCs. Microsoft finally wised up and made a real Outlook product for Mac but Xobni is behind.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Useful, but confusing"

    October 2, 2011  |   By johncharb1688

    Version: Xobni 2.0.1

    Pros

    Some useful features

    Cons

    too many distracting features, UI is confusing.

    Summary

    I used it for a while, the most useful feature to me is the search. others are just simply distractions. I have switched to InboxEx, which is free and does what I want.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Originally thought this product was good, big mistake!"

    October 1, 2011  |   By smericle

    Version: Xobni 2.0.1

    Pros

    Would be great if the software worked some of the time.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    Buyer beware, Xobni is a bait and switch scam.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Concept is great, but it's become crippling bloatware."

    August 28, 2011  |   By track.cnet

    Version: Xobni 2.0.1

    Pros

    Data mining is cool, and the origins of this software were good. New data relationships spark innovation and opportunity for the user.

    Cons

    Freeware Version 2promises lots but delivers such bloat that my 64-bit 2.7-GHz AMD dual-core processor with 8 GB of RAM became unusable with Outlook open.

    Summary

    Back to the drawing board, Xobni coders. It's unusable bloatware now. My computer became a nightmare to operate whenever I'd open Outlook 2010 - if I could open Outlook at all, which I mostly couldn't the last three weeks of trying. I tried resetting the search cache and repairing the installation to no avail. I finally uninstalled the software three days ago and finally can use Outlook 2010 again. Admittedly, I have four or five very heavily trafficked IMAP accounts with thousands of messages and a dozen or fifteen POP identities. In other words, I'm a very heavy email user. But still, it all worked before version 2.0. Moreover, the promised improvements to data relationships are not offered so much to the freeware user. I believe, but am not certain on this part, that some things I used to be able to do for free in version 1.x are now unavailable as a freebie.

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