Review: Xobni Microsoft Outlook Plugin

PCmag@Work (Small Business): Review – Xobni Microsoft Outlook Plugin

The only cons for this feature-extending Outlook plugin are the possibility of information overload and a slight performance hit. Price: $29 (free version available.)

“If you’re like most professionals working in Microsoft Office, you spend hours a day in Outlook, the touchstone of the modern professional work day, managing your e-mail, appointments, and contacts. But as indispensible as Outlook is, none of us are completely happy with it. That’s where Xobni (Free, $29.99 Plus version) comes in, a free Outlook plug-in that helps you search faster, communicate better, and just get more done. I have been using it for months and find it the best way to wade through mountains of e-mail and my cacophony of contacts.

Setting Up Xobni
With any Outlook plug-in, one concern is speed. Outlook is already a monster application, and adding more features seems like a good way to slow it down. Still, Xobni had remarkably little effect on Outlook on my Core 2 Duo laptop with 3GB of RAM running Windows 7. I wouldn’t run Xobni with anything less in terms of hardware, although the software will work with Outlook 2007 and Windows XP just fine. The app re-indexes once a day in the background and although it added a few seconds to Outlook’s start up time, I didn’t find it anything to be too concerned about.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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