November 19, 2008 08:00 ET

Xobni Brings Web Content From Yahoo! Mail, Facebook®, Skype and Hoover's Into Microsoft Outlook Inbox

Xobni Lets Outlook Users Search Yahoo! Mail; Leverages Facebook Platform to Bring Social Data, Status Messages and Photos Into Outlook Sidebar

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 19, 2008) - Xobni, the popular Outlook plug-in, today released a new version of its product that includes integrations with three leading Web services, Yahoo! Mail, Facebook Platform and Hoover's, as well as significant improvements to its Skype integration. Each of Xobni's new information providers are leaders in their respective fields -- Yahoo! Mail is one of the most popular Web mail services in the world; Facebook is the largest social network in the world; Hoover's provides the broadest set of proprietary, rich insight into worldwide companies, industries and people; and Skype is the leading global internet communications company.

Each new service is opt-in and brings valuable features into Xobni's Outlook product. Icons for each service appear in an easy toggle format within the Xobni sidebar, so users can decide which services they want to use. New capabilities of Xobni's sidebar include:

--  Yahoo! Mail:
    --  A preview of Yahoo! Mail messages is available in Outlook with a
        link to to respond and send messages
    --  All email stored in Yahoo! Mail accounts is fully searchable using
    --  Contacts and attachments from Yahoo! Mail accounts are available
        within the Xobni sidebar inside Microsoft Outlook
    --  The Yahoo! Mail search results now appear seamlessly displayed
        alongside Outlook email
--  Facebook:
    --  Xobni's sidebar uses Facebook's Desktop API to display key Facebook
        information to keep up with connections, including:
        --  Status messages
        --  Network information
        --  Profile pictures and friends' pictures
        --  Recent updates made to Facebook profile (photos and events)
--  Skype:
    --  Xobni's sidebar now enables the following Skype functionality from
        within the sidebar:
        --  Send instant messages to other Skype users
        --  Skype to Skype calls
        --  Low-cost calling to landlines and mobile phone numbers
        --  SMS
    --  Xobni's sidebar also displays the following
        --  Online status for Skype contacts
        --  For non-Skype contacts users will be able to see if their
            contact is a Skype user
--  Hoovers:
    --  Xobni displays senders' company information based on email domain
        inside the Xobni profile
    --  Company information displayed includes the official Hoover's
        company description, size of the company and headquarters location

As proof that people are looking for a solution to email overload, over one million people have downloaded Xobni in the six months since its public launch. Xobni's integrations with industry leading data providers are finally pushing email toward the 21st century, which is why Walt Mossberg recently wrote that Xobni makes Outlook "faster and more useful." With Xobni's simple inbox sidebar, 85% of users report spending less time searching for people, contact information, emails and attachments, and more time getting work done.

To download Xobni, go to For more specifics on these strategic integrations, visit Xobni's blog at

About Xobni

Xobni is a San Francisco startup that shifts the focus of your email from one-by-one messages to the valuable relationships they reveal. Xobni offers lightning fast search and organization of your inbox. The company was founded in the spring of 2006 by Adam Smith and Matt Brezina who both dropped out of grad school to pursue Xobni full time. Xobni launched to private beta in September 2007 and opened to the public in May 2008. Xobni is funded by Y Combinator, Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital, Baseline Ventures, Atomico Investments and others. For more information, go to

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