Microsoft Outlook is one of the most widely used email clients around. It also comes with it’s limitations, like trying to quickly find an old message or client’s contact information. This is where the add-in called Xobni (inbox spelled backwards) really shines.
Fast Email Search
The dual-purpose search box finds people and email messages. Start typing the contact’s name or part of a message you’re looking for and Xobni will return results 50 times faster than Outlook’s built-in search. When searching for a specific person, their name will appear in the results box along with their contact information and every conversation you’ve had.
Phone numbers, email addresses, profile pictures and other relevant information are saved in an “automatic address book.” Xobni creates profiles for everyone you’ve communicated with so you don’t have to remember to update your Outlook contacts. It also sifts through your messages and extracts phone numbers. If you’re missing someone’s number, use the “request phone number” feature, which will send a message to the contact and automatically add it to their profile when they respond.
Xobni searches Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more for information about your contacts. If you see a profile picture it’s most likely been automatically pulled from one of these sources. Click the corresponding social network logo to see their LinkedIn profile, Facebook status updates or tweets.
All messages between you and a contact are displayed as a list of conversations. Xobni also shows which messages include an attachment with a paper clip logo. Also see if any of your contacts are connected together. Two people might know each other because they were on emails together but this information never surfaced before.
Finding an attachment in a message wasn’t easy before Xobni. Now you can quickly find any document without leaving the email you’re working on. Once the attachment is found it can be opened with a click, right-click to save it or open the email with the attachment. You can also drag and drop the attachment from the Xobni sidebar into a new message.
So what’s it cost?
Download Xobni for the low price of $0. Yes you read that right, it’s absolutely free! There’s a ‘Plus’ version with additional features that will set you back $29.95 on the 1st computer and $9.95 for each additional PC. But I’ve found the standard version to be sufficient at making Outlook much easier to use.