OrcaÂ folks integrated Zoho apps into their desktop. You can launch Zoho Writer and Zoho Sheet from their Virtual Desktop. This is a good first step integration. Here is a screenshot.
Looking forward for more such integrations.
One of our users of Zoho Polls has created this wonderful poll to demonstrate Range Voting.
We used to call it a rating poll, which is a type of range voting. From the above poll, we came to know about range voting and got introduced to rangevoting.org, the Center for Range Voting (CRV). Its goals are to educate the public about the advantages of range voting and comparative disadvantages of other systems and to lobby for its adoption.
We have always felt that range voting is the best approach to arrive at a general consensus. We have ourselves used this rating approach to decide on home page designs, song selection for performances, rating the food, deciding on the name of a product / service that we are building, etc.
As per the description of the poll featured above:
This mock election should help gain insight into the 2008 U.S. Presidential race, as well as demonstrate the superiority of Range Voting to other voting methods.
Rate any candidates you want to. You can just ignore any candidate that you don’t care about, or don’t know enough about to vote on; your non-vote simply won’t affect that candidate. The candidate with the highest average rating wins. Simple, huh?!
Finally, notice something interesting about this election? We’re running several candidates, giving voters real choice. With Range Voting, you don’t get the kind of Perot/Nader spoiler effect, where voting for a “third party” candidate effectively works as a vote for your least favorite candidate. That’s a quality that you won’t find in other alternative voting methods, like instant runoff voting.
That is the power of range voting. You get to rate each item in the poll and the one with the highest average rating wins. This will be inline with the general consensus of the voters. Visit rangevoting.org for more details.
That said, the normal voting / plurality voting poll is also useful in different scenarios. The type of poll basically depends on your need.
Here is a pie chart which depicts the percentage split-up of voting and rating polls created by the users of Zoho Polls. Even though the number of rating polls is less than voting polls, 37% is still a very good number.
We are also discussing with rangevoting.org and betterpolls.com, another poll service, on how we can work together for the improvement of the service.
Found a couple of poems with Zoho in them.
Yo ho ho
I discovered Zoho
I created a doc
web-based (no shock).
With just a little moxy
I tried out 30 boxes
Input a few dates
and I’m feeling just great
But it’s getting kind of late
And this rhyme’s begun to deflate………….
It’s Monday night, my brain is fried,
But I want that player, so I tried.
First in Zoho, but it wouldn’t blog,
So now in Writely, I continue to slog.
It’s really cool, many uses I can see,
Plus advantages for you and me.
Open anywhere, no discs, no fuss.
Of all the tools, this is a must.
So goodnight, bloggers fair.
I’ll try to post this, do I dare?
Third time is charmed, I hope and pray,
Because it’s way too late to play!
Aint that cute to have Zoho form a part of poems? Thanks folks!
A note for those of you (like ‘the Happy Reader’) not being able to post to blogger.com blogs from Zoho Writer : We are facing some intermittent problems when posting to blogger.com blogs due to something being wrong with Blogger’s Atom API that Zoho Writer depends on to post to blogger.com blogs. This thread has the details. We are waiting for the Google Blogger team to find the root cause of this issue & have a permanent solution. In the meantime, please try reposting to your blog after a few minutes & it may succeed (it is working for me now).
If the posting to your blog still fails, please try the workaround posted here :
Do try posting using the above methodology. If you still face any issues, you can write to me at aravind[at]zoho[dot]com.
Sorry for the inconvenience caused. Kindly bear with us till we get this issue fully resolved.
Did you know that Zoho Sheet’s ‘sheet-level’ sharing options can be a powerful tool in enhancing your ‘online collaboration’ experience?
Whether it is
Sharing different sheets in the same workbook among a group of power users with different access privileges (for example: preparation of an organization’s typical quarterly financial statement which may contain multiple worksheets like balance sheet, schedules, income statement, cash flow statement – each individual sheet with different access privileges for different users based on their ‘need-to-know’ status) or
- Sharing the entire workbook among different users withe options to control access to each individual user or for the entire group (for example: a project activity tracker, with ‘modify data’ rights to managerial users and read-only access to others).
You can share entire workbooks with users, hide individual sheets from users whom you don’t want it displayed while displaying it to others at the same time, or just form your own group of users granted with different access privileges depending on your specific needs.
As soon as you’re done creating a spreadsheet that is ready to be shared, you can find that Zoho Sheet contains an easy-to-find menu option called ‘Share’ (placed conveniently in the top menu bar – you can’t miss it).
The ‘Share’ option offers you a small controls platform using which you can allow/restrict people to access your spreadsheets.
You can choose between multiple options – marking your whole workbook (Entire Document) as ‘Shared’ – with ‘Read Only’ access to some users and ‘Read/Write’ access to others, or marking individual worksheets as ‘Shared’ with different privileges for different users.
On clicking the ‘Share’ option, we find that it contains two tabs – ‘Share’ & ‘Shared Details’. The ‘Share’ option helps us set the above-mentioned sharing privileges, while the ‘Shared Details’ contains information about the sharing levels set & helps us view the share options we’ve set for our spreadsheet when we return later.
You can change/remove your settings from the ‘Share’ menu or access it even from the sheet name tab.
The potential uses for such sharing are many and can be used by users across all walks of life – whether you work in an organization where multiple users need to process/work on the same worksheet with different access levels provided to each user depending on hierarchy or responsibilities or you are a Marine Biologist performing research with collaborators across continents or you are a University Lecture Assistant who needs to collate intra-department/class results internally with other departments before publishing collated results to students – Zoho Sheet’s ‘sheet-level’ sharing is for you!
We are glad to announce a partnership with WebEx. Zoho is excited to be part of WebEx Connect.
The partnership starts with Zoho CRM integration and will span across most of Zoho applications. The next update of Zoho CRM will have the ability to schedule/start WebEx Meetings directly from Zoho CRM interface. Here is a quick screenshot.
Here is a press release on this.
Looking forward for a strong relationship.
Update : For a quick overview, please have a look at the video on Zoho CRM – WebEx Integration
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Zoho Planner had an update a few hours earlier that brought in some cool new features.
We receive constant feedback from Safari & Opera users to make Zoho applications work on these browsers. As the first Zoho app, Zoho Planner now works on Safari (2.0+) & Opera (9.0+). Zoho Planner already supports Firefox, Mozilla & Internet Explorer.
We have tested Zoho Planner on multiple versions of both the browsers. There may be untested versions, so do write to us if you come across any issues.
Users have been asking to collapse & expand todo lists & notes. This has been done in the latest update. Another feature to roll in is the facility to delete all your completed todo list items in one go.
Till now you can private share your pages with Read & Write (Edit) privilege or have them shared to public. Now you can private share your pages in Zoho Planner with Read Only (View) permission too.
Check out the latest Zoho Planner & tell us what you think. Do write to us if you have any specific feature requests.