Xobni Raises $16 Million In Third Round For Outlook Plug-In

Xobni, which sells a Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Outlook plug-in that helps users keep track of their mail and contacts, has raised $16.2 million in a third round of funding. The startup — one of several selling e-mail add-ons that have recently raised rounds — adds a host of features to Outlook, including faster search, as well as profiles of contacts that include their most recent updates on various social networks. A basic version is free, while the company charges $29.95 for a version with no ads and some additional features.
Microsoft has itself been moving to add social features to Outlook; it recently introduced a feature that lets users track the activities of contacts on social networks from within their inboxes. That, however, obviously doesn’t seem to have impeded Xobni’s funding round, which was led by Khosla Ventures and new investor RRE. Existing investors Baseline Ventures, Atomico, First Round Capital and Cisco (NSDQ: CSCO) also participated. The funding brings the four-year-old startup’s total backing to more than $30 million.