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Introducing : Import tasks and chrome extension for Zoho Projects

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Are you still stuck with spreadsheets to manage your work? Let’s look at a real-time scenario

Imagine your company suddenly receives a significant request, which is a deal breaker for your product. It’s due in 4 days. And your boss just puts you in charge of pulling it all together. You’ve just got a tiny window of time to discuss with Product Expert Tricia whether it’s possible to meet the deadline, to work with UI Designer Eddie for a last-minute interface and get the developers to start coding on this request.

Above all you’re trying to do all this through your company’s default medium – spreadsheets. Yikes!

The real struggles with spreadsheets

  • Unfit for agile business: Managing work with spreadsheets makes sense for personal projects but they break when you try to collaborate with a group to get work done faster.
  • Lack of visibility: It’s hard to track what part of work is been done and what’s still pending in a project.
  • Poor coordination: Teams which are geographically separated can’t work in unison to accomplish a common goal using spreadsheets

We already know the answer. No spreadsheets anymore.

At Zoho, we’ve developed a nice little feature to Import your Tasks from various formats like xls, json and csv files and quickly start collaborating from anywhere, anytime.

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How Zoho Projects helps you

  • Assign tasks to team members and easily track who’s done what.
  • Communicate effectively with your team using feeds, forums, wiki and chat rooms
  • Tag files to easily find them later. This means you can quickly locate that Design from three months ago the next time a similar one hits your desk.

But that’s not all a couple of more exciting features are rolled as part of this update

1. From now on start shooting tasks into Zoho Projects with start and end dates, severity via email. Furthermore, if you wish to make an announcement use [announcement] tag and post a forum topic. Learn more about them in detail at Email Collaboration

2. If you are a power user of Chrome browser then this is for you. We’ve built a cool extension for chrome that allows you to see latest updates, create tasks, file bugs, post comments and do more right from within your browser.

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Give it a try and let us know what you think as comments here.

Zoho BugTracker comes with a few goodies

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Any programmer worth their job knows that a source control system is crucial for their software development. Source control is something we all should do. But having a good source control system in place makes it easier for you to maintain the codes and avoid irreparable damages to your software program.

Needless to say what Version Control System (VCS) you use makes you feel it is your most reliable and safe system to store your codes.

Today we’re glad to launch the Bitbucket Integration with Zoho BugTracker. The new Bitbucket integration lets you host and manage your Git and Mercurial repositories, see source commits as changesets and link a particular BugId in Bitbucket right from within Zoho BugTracker.

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Organize your work better with skip weekends and holidays

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Customer feedback is the most essential and valuable for any business. And the most challenging part is how to keep customers happy? What is that significant functionality they really miss or need from your product?

The best way is to ask and listen to customer feedback.

But it doesn’t stop there you need to review all those feedback as it directly influences what changes you are going to bring about for the next update. On this front, we too were getting bombarded with lots of such requests that gave us valuable insights about what needs to be done in Zoho Projects.

See what some of our customers had to say

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Zoho Projects iPhone / Android Mobile App updates

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A couple of months ago we made an announcement that our Zoho Projects Mobile Apps goes FREE for all users – both iPhone and Android Mobile App.

Fast forward now we’re pretty excited with the uptake it has got among our customers and were bombarded with lot of feed backs and suggestions to improve our Mobile Apps. We LISTENED to all your views and delighted to introduce a bunch of enhancements and bug fixes that makes it easier than ever for you to connect from anywhere and get your work done much faster with Zoho Projects.

Here’s the list of all the cool things you can try out on your mobile

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Introducing : Timetracking for your bugs

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A typical work day of a team member in a software development team :

You’re a team member in charge of a performance module and currently working on few critical bugs that needs to be delivered for a customer before this weekend.

Here’s how you can effectively use Zoho BugTracker to organize and fix bugs fast :

  • Create a business rule with module as Performance and severity as Critical. All the bugs with this module name and severity gets automatically assigned to you in Zoho BugTracker
  • There needs to be a way to categorize these reported bugs. Our BugTracker allows you to easily categorize them as open, to be analyzed, to be tested and add more Custom Status using Status and Workflow option under Bug Settings
  • Once categorized you can Sort and View bugs based on due or created date in the Bugs View. You can create a new custom field called This Week and use Bulk Update option to select and update the bugs to be fixed for This Week and you’re done. Every day when you login you can see the bugs progress in the Feeds panel under In Progress view.
  • As the weekend approaches, you need to record the entire week’s efforts. For this, make use of Weekly timesheets to record the time spent to fix the bugs for this particular customer and of course you can also Generate Invoices using Zoho Invoice and follow for payments.
  • If you wish to notify your Boss you can do so by adding him or her as Follower to know what you have been working on.
  • Finally, if you want you can deactivate this business rule using Activate or Deactivate option under Business Rules.

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Just In : Project groups and enhancements in templates

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Imagine this: You’re working in a ERP based company that has projects running across departments like finance, invoices, and accounts. Now there needs to be a way to categorize these projects as separate groups i,e  put all accounts related projects under Accounts group to efficiently manage projects. With this latest update we’re providing this missing bit of functionality : the Project Groups

Starting today you can create projects and categorize them under a single group in Zoho Projects. But it doesn’t stop there, you also edit, delete and reorder project groups. By default projects that are not grouped are listed as Active Projects.

Here’s a snapshot of Project Groups in Zoho Projects

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Start dates in project templates
Feedback comes in waves from customers. Project start date option for templates is one of them. With this latest update, you can instantly set project start dates while creating a new project from an existing template. Furthermore, you can specify start dates in days/weeks/months for the tasks.

Learn more about this enhancement at Project Templates

project-templateWe’ve put together a user guide which helps you to get started with Project Groups

A quick note : The project groups feature is available across all paid plans for Portal Owners and Administrators of Zoho Projects.

Give it a try at http://www.zoho.com/projects/ and let us know your views as comments.

Get More Done While On the Go With the Free Zoho Projects Mobile App

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Do you love the new design for Apple’s iPhone iOS? Do you hate it? Everyone seems to have an opinion about it – and a very strong one! That highlights the important role that mobile phones play in our daily lives.

And that’s exactly why we decided to make our Zoho Projects Mobile Apps free – both our iPhone and Android Mobile App are now free for all users.

Free Projects Mobile AppHere’s a typical request from one of our customers:

The (Free) Mobile app only gives me limited options, Feeds and Settings. I’m not able to update timesheet or anything. Doesn’t even show those options for me. Why?

When we launched Zoho Projects 4.0 the Free Mobile edition did have limited options to use while the rest of the features like tasks, documents and timesheet were available only as part of the paid edition.

You asked; we listened. Today the Zoho Projects Mobile App is free – even the more advanced version that was previously only for paying customers. We want you to start using the Zoho Projects Mobile App to the fullest extent possible for your work even while on the go.

What are you waiting for ? Just go to iTunes or Google Play store install the Zoho Projects Mobile App right on your mobile device.