What Does Yahoo Buying Xobni Mean?

Yahoo has acquired Xobni, makers of our favourite productivity-boosting Outlook plugin and our favourite address book app for Android, Smartr Contacts. The outcome? You'll be able to use those products for another year but not beyond.

Smartr is also available for Gmail and iOS, but it's hard to imagine Yahoo putting too much effort into helping people use rival mail platforms.

Xobni's own FAQ says that while paid customers will be supported until their contract ends, no new customers are being accepted, and downloads of Smart for Android and BlackBerry have already been stopped. Come 2 July 2014, support for those apps will cease and they're likely to stop working. The Outlook plugin is continuing for the moment, but there are no plans for an Outlook 2013 version.

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    Yahoo seems to have a thing for buying things only to shut them down...

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