It’s not often I come across a bit of software which immediately impresses me as much as this little Outlook plugin! It has to be one of the most focused, fast & effective tools I’ve seen in a while. Xobni sits alongside the Outlook sidebar and shows information relevant to the currently selected email.
At a glance it shows previous email conversations with this person – other “connected” people – and perhaps most usefully of all a list of previous related email attachments.
Also some information on number of emails sent & received, ranking – interesting if somewhat useless!, time of day charts etc.
It’s kind of hard to explain so pop over to Xobni and have a look at the demo.
Loads of blogging about it here – http://wordpress.com/tag/xobni/
Scoble interviews the founders here – http://scobleizer.com/2008/05/13/a-five-company-day/
Possible Yahoo Mail version here – http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/04/28/xobnis-secret-project-merge-outlook-with-yahoo-mail/
Microsoft try to buy it here – http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/02/29/microsoft-may-buy-email-startup-xobni/
I’d love to be able to skin it to get rid of the garish colour scheme – but hey we can’t have it all :)
Effective and unobtrusive – if like many of us you live in Outlook then you should definitely have a look at Xobni.