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Announcing Google+ Hangouts integration with Zoho apps!!

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Integrating Zoho apps with Google Apps has always been a top priority for us, and we want to keep that going. Today we’re pleased to announce Google+ Hangouts is now integrated with two of our popular apps – Zoho Recruit and Zoho Connect.

Here’s a quick run-through on what that means:

Zoho Recruit – Google+ Hangouts:

Phone interviews are a thing of the past. With our new Google+ Hangout integration, recruiters can start a Google+ Hangout session with a candidate or a group of candidates through both the Candidates and Interviews pages in Zoho Recruit.

It takes a single click to start a hangout, and then you can invite others to join. Conduct “pre-interviews” with candidates – discuss the job requirements, company culture, and answer candidates’ questions. Not only can this save a company time and money, it can also help narrow down candidates before scheduling face-to-face interviews. This is especially helpful when recruiting candidates who live in different states or even different countries.

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Zoho Apps now available in the new Google Apps Marketplace Experience

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Zoho has been one of the largest software providers in Google Apps Marketplace for quite sometime now. With our wide range of business apps, we cater to a wide range of business needs. Working closely with the Google team, we are happy to bring some of Zoho’s popular business apps – Zoho CRM, Zoho Projects, Zoho Invoice and Zoho Creator to the new Google Apps Marketplace experience.

1So what’s interesting about the new Google Apps Marketplace experience? Well, to start with, there is a whole new user experience that makes it easier for Admins to discover and install applications. The New App launcher will be available in all Google services and will include the third party apps that have been installed for a Google Apps domain. Previously the apps were displayed as text links whereas the new App launcher is much more graphical. Read more

Zoho Office Integrates with Google Drive

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Recently we have seen our friends at Google open up their SDK for Google Drive letting third parties integrate their apps into Google Drive. We excitedly pounced on it and we are now thrilled to announce that Zoho Office is now integrated with Google Drive.

What does this mean? To start with, Google users can now open their documents using Zoho’s Writer, Sheet & Show – our word processor, spreadsheet and presentation applications. Of course, this integration is not just for viewing your files using Zoho’s apps, but you can also edit your documents and save them back to Google Drive. Better yet, you can also create new documents using Zoho’s editors and save those documents in Google Drive…all without needing to create a Zoho account.

But wait…it gets better. You can even collaboratively work on documents with other Google users, inside the Zoho editors. As all your documents are saved in Google Drive, you have the inherent advantages of Google Drive where your files are automatically synchronized between your various devices.

Taking advantage of all this goodness is actually pretty straightforward. Users just need to install Zoho apps from the Google Chrome Webstore.

Once installed, get over to your Google Drive and click on “Manage Apps” in Google Drive settings menu and check the box next to “Make [App Name] the default for files it can open”. This enables users to access Zoho apps with just a click from Google Drive. In the contextual menu of each document, users will see options to open the document with the respective Zoho editors. Of course, if you prefer to use Google’s editors, that is also possible. Just that you have an additional option with this integration.

If you are trying to create a new document in Google Drive, choose ‘New’ option and you’ll find Zoho Apps under the ‘More’ option. You can edit an existing document by just right clicking on it and choosing the Zoho app.

When you save, the modified document will be saved in Google Drive as a new document, thereby leaving the original document untouched. This new document comes with extensions recognized by Zoho’s apps. For example, a text document, BusinessProposal.doc, from Google Drive, when edited in Zoho Writer and saved, will be saved as BusinessProposal.zdoc in Google Drive. Similarly the extensions for Zoho Sheet, Zoho Show are .zsheet and .zslides respectively.

Collaboration is also simple. You can invite your Google contacts to collaborate on their Google Drive documents and edit them using Zoho editors in real time.  Based on the permissions, you will be allowed to access the document for collaboration.

If you have the Google Drive app installed on the Mac or the PC, you will also be able to access Zoho documents right from the desktop.

To get started, do take a look at the presentation that explains this integration,

We hope you like this integration.  We are excited to bring our powerful Office suite to Google Drive, complementing Google’s applications. As always, we look forward to hear your feedback, questions. We are all ears!!

Update: Our friends at Google gave us an opportunity to share our technical experience about the Zoho Office – Google Drive integration in Google developer blogs. You can take a look at it to know how the integration started, what are all the technologies used behind the scenes etc.,


Offer Remote Support from your Chromebook

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While we’ve been constantly adding new services to Google Apps Marketplace, we’ve also been stocking up the Chrome Web Store. Today we are glad to announce our latest addition to the Google Chrome Webstore – Zoho Assist.
Zoho Assist provides a simple and straight forward user interface to connect to remote computers anywhere in the world, as long as they are hooked to the internet. Once your customer approves access, control the remote computer as if it’s in front of you. 
With Zoho Assist installed in your Chromebook, you can now view and control any desktop without installing any additional plugin or software. Zoho Assist is built with the latest HTML viewer technology, which enables it to be purely web based, easy to connect and hence it syncs smoothly with your cloud based Chromebook.
Well, to put it short, remote support becomes much more simpler in your Chromebook with Zoho Assist. Do install the app from here and let us know your feedback.. We’re all ears!!

Google Calendar/Contacts Sync for Zoho CRM Individual users

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Our Google Apps users have been thrilled with the Google Calendar and Contacts sync with Zoho CRM! This excitement has also trickled down to other Zoho CRM users, and comes to us in the form of repeated requests for extending this to all other users. 

Once again, we heard you loud and clear! And today we are glad to announce that we are extending this feature to all our Professional and Enterprise plan users.

Zoho CRM for Google makes it easier for your business to collaborate, communicate and share information, all in one centralized place. If you are using Zoho  CRM with your Google email address, your Calendar and Contacts are all conveniently available in the same place.

At Zoho, we want to make sure you get the most out of your user experience, so please let us know how you like this additional feature. Feel free to drop us a line if there are other enhancements you’d like to see. We love hearing from you! 

Getting Organized – Google Tasks integration with Zoho CRM and Zoho Projects

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We’ve continuously been working on adding more enhancements to Zoho applications in

Google Apps marketplace
. Just last week we announced “Zoho CRM Contacts/Calendar sync with Google Apps” and got great feedback. Today, we’re very excited to announce Google Tasks integration with two of our top products in Google Apps marketplace,

Zoho CRM
and

Zoho Projects
.

This integration provides a unified platform for tracking all your tasks in one place. Usually, users tend to maintain sales related tasks in CRM application, projects related tasks in project management app and personal tasks in another application. The confusion arising out of such multiple platforms can now be avoided with this integration.

Here’s a quick run through on the technical details of the integration:


For most of us, emails are an integral part of our day-to-day activities. With this integration, users can now check their tasks in Zoho CRM or Zoho Projects, right from within their GMail Tasks tab.

In Zoho Projects, you can export task lists to your Google Tasks. Once it is exported you can manage your tasks in the Tasks tab in GMail. We’ve also provided an option to sync the tasks between Zoho Projects with Google tasks. With sync, the newly added/completed tasks will be updated from Zoho Projects to Google and vice-versa.





Similarly we’ve given an option to export the tasks in Zoho CRM to Google Tasks.







If you’re a Google App administrator you need to “Update data access requirements” in Google Apps dashboard page to start using the integration.



We believe the integration of Google Tasks with Zoho CRM/Projects will go a long way in helping you organize your work more efficiently and be a lot more productive. As always we’d love to hear your feedback. Do drop us a line on what you like about this integration and what more would you like to see.


To know more about our other Zoho products integration with Google Apps check



http://zoho.com/google-apps


This integration wouldn’t have been possible without the help from Google team. Thanks to the Google team for inviting us to be a launch partner for 

Google Tasks APIs
and letting us 

showcase our pilot
during Google IO 2011.

Announcing Zoho Docs – Google Chromebook integration

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When Google launched the Cr-48 Chrome notebooks, they invited Zoho to be a part of its pilot program. We even gave away Cr-48 notebooks to some of you. We do hope that you have been putting your Cr-48s to good use and have been getting the most out of cloud computing :)

Today, the first commercial Chromebooks have started shipping in the U.S. Those of you who missed out on the pilot program can get your own Chromebook now.

Here’s how Zoho is a part of this launch. If you had followed the Day 2 Keynote at Google I/O you might have noticed that Google’s Chrome operating system now includes some major updates and newer features. The most notable among them is the addition of a file manager. The file manager is a very simple one and looks a lot like the file manager systems in Windows or Mac.

We’ve come up with a Chrome extension, that allows users to upload and view their documents in Zoho Docs. This applies not only to the downloaded files, but users can also upload files from their pen drives to Zoho Docs. As you know, we do let users login to Zoho with your Google credentials which means you try this extension with your Google credentials.

You can learn more about this extension from this page. As always we’d love to hear your feedback. If you’ve any questions please post it here. We’re all ears!

Thanks to Google team for their wonderful API and documentation which has made this extension possible!!