Microsoft Outlook in-box message management provider Xobni has rolled its core products into one big enterprise suite: Xobni Pro. It costs $7.99 a month.
Xobni, one of the better in-box management tools in the market for
Microsoft's Outlook e-mail program, is replacing its Xobni Plus offering with a
new bundle called Xobni Pro, eWEEK has learned.
Xobni for Outlook
e-mail makes it easier for users to search conversations and threads. The
plug-in also let users connect with contacts through Facebook and LinkedIn.
The tool is useful at a time when Outlook in-boxes have grown cluttered with
e-mail messages and contacts. Microsoft offers the Outlook Social Connector,
but it hardly provides the same efficiencies Xobni has cultivated since its
launch in 2008.
To wit, Xobni Pro is a premium product that bundles the Xobni Pro for
Outlook plug-in, the Xobni Pro for BlackBerry mobile app and Xobni Cloud, which
syncs Xobni contacts across Outlook and BlackBerry, into one e-mail tool for
corporate Outlook users who need to access their messages anywhere they go.
"Pro is like the Xobni platinum card. ... It gives you access to all
the privileges of membership," said Xobni CEO
Jeff Bonforte in an e-mail to Xobni Plus users.
eWEEK tested Xobni Plus
, which includes an advanced button under the search
bar to let users search for messages from contacts through their in-box,
including from any attachments. The product, which cost $29.95 for a perpetual
efficient and reliable, blowing away Outlook 2007's
Those capabilities and more will exist in Xobni Pro, which will back up
Xobni contacts for any future Outlook and BlackBerry iterations from the
Xobni Pro includes all the features from Plus, along with contact export
capability, spam rescue alerts and automatic recovery, and the ability to
access Xobni Pro from multiple PCs.
To entice users to upgrade to Xobni Pro, Xobni Plus customers can buy one
year of Xobni Pro for less than $1.99 per month (or around $24 a year), a 75
percent discount off the standing Pro monthly rate of $7.99 ($96 total per
There are some caveats. Xobni Plus will always work on users' current
version of Xobni for Outlook. However, that changes once users install the
newer Xobni for Outlook 2.0.
Xobni's upgrades come more than a week after Research In Motion acquired
contact management application Gist.