Jason Hiner from TechRepublic has a great article “Sanity Check: Can tiny Zoho beat Microsoft and Google in online office apps?” asking users if Zoho can beat Google and Microsoft. He has some great discussion going on there. In the article Jason mentions…
In taking on Microsoft and Google in the office application arena, Zoho sees itself in the same mold as Microsoft taking on IBM in PCs in the early 1980s and Google taking on Microsoft and Yahoo in search in the past decade. It would be easy to wave off Zoho as a bug destined to be squashed, but judging by the quality of what Zoho has created so far, I wouldnâ€™t count it out.
Jason rightly points to the three main weaknesses of Zoho as Business Model, Security and Full Offline Capability. We acknowledge these and its just a matter of time, these will be addressed.
Also, we believe that the online office apps market doesn’t belong to one or two big players. It is perfectly possible for small players like Zoho to build a profitable business by offering compelling products without “beating” the larger players.
Thanks for a great article Jason.