Xobni

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 137 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.1
File Size:
6.7MB
Date Added:
July 20, 2011
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements:
Microsoft Outlook 2003/2007/2010, .NET Framework 2.0

Editors' review

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.

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  • All Versions:

    3.3

    out of 137 votes

    • 5 star: 31
    • 4 star: 45
    • 3 star: 21
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 26
  • Current Version:

    1.6

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 1 stars

    "Negligible value, bait n switch, confusing"

    April 22, 2014

    Version: Xobni 2.0.1

    Pros

    Was able to find a few things but not worth the trouble

    Cons

    Processor hit
    May have "bunged up" my Windows Search
    Kludge interface difficult to read results
    Bait and switch scam

    Summary

    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!

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  • 1 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 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 stars

    "Excellent!!!!"

    October 05, 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 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 stars

    "Xobni in the business of bait & switch"

    January 06, 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 stars

    "Licensing scam"

    January 02, 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 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 stars

    "Useful, but confusing"

    October 02, 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 stars

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

    October 01, 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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