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New Application Integrating Facebook Open Stream API

We’re Moving Fast! We’ve just integrated Facebook Open Stream API, Twitter and Twitter search in a new application.
Users can now “start simple,” enjoying desktop aggregation without creating an account.
We were developing a standalone sobees module when we heard last Monday that Facebook released its API for the full stream. In just few days, we’ve been able to integrating the new Facebook stream API (requiring a conversion of the Facebook Stream API in .NET), a powerful Twitter client and Twitter search, making our already powerful sobees social networking aggregator even more robust. We call the new application bDule by sobees (combining “bee “and “module”).
Windows 7 RC was released this week, so it’s a good timing for offering a great desktop companion for Windows users. And Mac users, we are working on your version based on Silverlight (running in and out of the browser), so hang in there.

Our goals with the new client:
  • offer a “start simple” experience making it easier for users to enjoy desktop aggregation without creating an account
  • offer a solution for netbook users
Here’s what bDule by sobees lets you do:
  • Facebook stream with some filters, likes and comments (update the status, likes and comments within the application)
  • Twitter client with multi-accounts, groups, single or multi-column view, etc.
  • Twitter search
  • A powerful and easy organization of the content in templates with sizeable columns and rows, just like in sobees
bDule by sobees is based on .NET and is easily installable on any Windows 7 computer as well as Vista and XP if .NET is up-to-date.
In parallel we are also working on a new release of sobees with a smaller ribbon and a bunch of other features and enhancements.
It’s pretty exciting to see how powerful the desktop aggregation is becoming with great APIs such as Facebook’s and Twitter’s and we are looking forward to providing sobees users with the best possible integration of such services. You’ll be seeing more of these bDules in coming months. Like I said, things are hopping here at sobees!


Red Herring 100 Europe Winner!

We're proud to announce that sobees has been chosen as a winner of the Red Herring 100 Europe 2009, an award given to the top 100 private technology companies based in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region each year.

Technology industry executives, investors, and observers regard the Red Herring 100 lists as an invaluable instrument to discover and advocate the promising startups that will lead the next wave of innovation.

And we're not the only Swiss start-up among the winners. With a total of 14 winners, Switzerland is the leading country, followed by Germany, Israel and Sweden. We could conclude that Switzerland is the Newest Tech Hub.

Go to our press page or visit the Red Herring website to get more information.

Launched at Demo - Great Feedback, More Improvements

March has been a great month for sobees!

First, and above all, we launched at Demo the most powerful social desktop aggregator (video and information available here). This version of sobees offers a greater level of flexibility and organization for a large number of internet services, such as Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed, Digg, Flickr and Youtube. In addition, users can integrate news, photos, videos and other data from the Web.

We received lots of great feedback and reviews (PC World, PC Mag, VentureBeat ) following this release. Thanks for the support. Based on your feedback, we made two releases in March, mainly in order to improve the setup, which was creating some installation issues, to fix the Facebook connection and to improve the speed of some processes. We are currently working on a new release to address other feedback like the ribbon, which you tell us is taking up too much screen place.

In March we also attended two great conferences: SXSW and MIX09. We met lots of users and got direct feedback. MIX was also a good opportunity to discover Microsoft’s latest technologies, especially Silverlight 3.

March was, all in all, a very intensive and wonderful month. Our “takes aways”:

  • Tons of positive feedback. We are making the corrections and are moving in the right direction with the latest version of sobees.
  • The market for social network aggregation – on the desktop - is heating up
  • sobees is leading the market in terms of flexibility of the application, number of services and power. Our focus now will be on improving the user experience based on your feedback and making the application more robust.
  • We want to address the Mac users very quickly, and have started the development of a cross OS version.

Thanks for all the support!

© DEMO Conference


.NET Framework 3.5 SP1

sobees runs on Windows 7, Vista and XP computers and requires .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. Since January 27th, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is available in Windows update on Vista and XP (high priority update). It is already included in Windows 7 beta. If you have not installed .NET SP1 on your computer yet, we recommend to install it through Windows update prior to installing sobees. You can learn more about the content of Windows update here. If you want to check which .NET Framework is installed on your computer, just visit this website.


Windows 7 Beta

Windows 7 is now publicly available in Beta. We have been using Windows 7 pre-beta on some computers since last October and it’s a great OS. The quality level of the beta is really impressive. But what makes us particularly excited about it is that sobees is compatible with Windows 7 and sobees installation experience is very smooth since .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is included in Windows 7 Beta.
You can learn more about Windows 7 by visiting Windows 7 Team blog. Windows 7 public beta can be downloaded from the Windows page.