A new version of Xobni, a popular search and relationship management add-on for Microsoft Outlook (s msft), is being released today, including integration with Huddle, a cloud-based collaboration suite. Huddle data will appear in Xobni’s sidebar, providing users with visibility of project workflows, the most recent communications between team members and ready access to the latest versions of uploaded files in their inboxes. An auto-identification feature will also provide users with insight into contacts that share a Huddle workspace with them.
As Xobni has added support for Gmail contextual gadgets (third-party email applications for Gmail (s goog) that pull information from the web to augment the data in a user’s inbox) to this release, we can probably expect to see more useful gadgets, like Huddle, coming to Xobni’s sidebar.
Gmail gadget support in Xobni is interesting, because it means that it is essentially providing a bridge for third-party email application developers, who can now build applications for one platform (Gmail) but also have the same app work in another (Outlook). That’s good news for web app developers, like Huddle, who may have previously found integrating with a desktop email client like Outlook tricky, although it should be noted that only a small percentage of Outlook users will have Xobni installed.
Xobni is available for download from xobni.com. The basic version is free, while Xobni Plus, with additional features, costs $49.95 (currently on sale at $29.95)
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