Timely Xobni snapshot
Xobni has ambitions that extend well beyond Microsoft Outlook. Jeff Bonforte, a 35-year-old former Yahoo vice president, joined Xobni as chief executive in February. He plans to expand Xobni's reach to various e-mail programs as well as to social networks like Facebook and Linkedin.
Bonforte imagines that one day when people type a name into the Xobni search box, the software will find e-mail, instant messages, and other online communications from that person even if he or she sent those messages on several Web-based services.