Plaxo 3 Beta Review

Robert Scoble broke the news on Sunday night first as far as I can tell. The address book, calendar and task management and synchronization platform Plaxo opened their new version 3.0 beta to the public.

As a user and fan of Plaxo, did I go and tested it out right away of course. I had a whole day to play around with it and here are my comments.

The new version included a complete overhaul of the web interface, the part of Plaxo, which I used the least to be honest. The interface was user friendly before and it did not change with the new version although the number of features increased and had to fit on the page as well.

I liked and still like the synchronization features, the de-duper, the auto update and the easy web access to your contacts the most. With Plaxo was I finally able to clean-up my address book for the first time to an extent, which I had never thought possible before. Plaxo offers plug-ins for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express. In addition, Mac users who are using Mac OS X have a plug-in available as well. I did not see any plug-in for Linux though.

The Plaxo plug-in automatically synchronized my contacts, calendars, tasks and notes (which are new I believe). The one thing I had hoped for did not make it into V3.0 unfortunately.

I posted comments in their support forum in April, after two other people already noted the same, but the Plaxo support people did misunderstand the request first.

Plaxo synchronizes images of people, if they provided one and shared it in their Plaxo profile. Images I specify in Outlook myself on the other hand, does Plaxo ignore and not use it, even for contacts who did not specify an Image at all. I am a visual person and the image for the contact helps me a lot to make associations about where we met etc. I hope that Plaxo will implement a feature like that in the near future.

Plaxo Syncs with MS Outlook, MS Outlook Express, Max OS X, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, MSN Hotmail/Windows Live, LinkedIn (Pro Version) and Windows Mail. As I already mentioned, mobile access is also available, free (it used to be a Pro-Account feature). Users also have the option to do a one way import from a number of the sources I mentioned above.

The De-Dupe feature was extended and does include calendar entries. It is still a Pro feature, but that does not cost a lot. Full access to all features is available for less than $50 per year and well worth the investment.

A cool feature from previous version was the auto update of contact information for people in your address book that also have a Plaxo account. That happens automatically and requires no configuration at all. Plaxo informs you of contacts who created an account recently to let you know about it. Plaxo also reminds you of birthdays, if either you or your contact provided the information.

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