Integrates Zoho

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We are very pleased to announce that another online storage vendor that focuses on students, has integrated Zoho Writer using our API. Users can now open any Writer supported document such as .DOC, ODT, RTF or HTML from their myDataBus account in Zoho Writer, make changes and save it back without having to download the documents. When you click on Options for the document, the following screen appears with ‘Edit with Zoho’ link.

Brian Davis, in his blog post writes:

“….we are really excited to announce that we have incorporated ties to Zoho Writer (and will soon be adding Zoho Sheets!). “

Thanks Brian and BTW we recently released API for Zoho Show too. MyDataBus offers 5GB of storage space for free accounts. Other online storage vendors who integrated Zoho API include OmniDrive and

More information on Zoho Remote APIs is available here.

If you have any questions on our API, email us at

Raju Vegesna gets interviewed for UTR

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Zoho Evangelist Raju got interviewed for the upcoming ‘Under The Radar: Why Office 2.0 Matters’ conference to be held on March 23, 2007. From the interview :

Our motto is “Keep it simple”. So tell us in less than 20 simple words what you do.
We do online office. We offer a broad set of online applications for SMBs at affordable price.

Ok, so you have customers now. Queue the trite but required question…Now that Google is in the office 2.0 game and with all the interest from the other office are you going to stay relevant?
Our aim here is not beating the giants like Google. Our aim is to provide very good set of affordable applications and serving our customers well and building a profitable business. There is no market that is completely owned by a single vendor. There is always room for more smaller vendors like Zoho who offer good value to their customers.

What’s your biggest challenge today and what do you envision as your biggest challenge in 1 year?
Our immediate challenge is getting our applications well integrated and adding more functionality that are business friendly. Our challenge over time will be to evangelize the value of Zoho applications against the bigger players.

Zoho is one of the ‘Graduate Circle’ participants of the conference.

More Charts in Zoho Sheet

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We just rolled out an important update for Zoho Sheet improving our charting features. With this update, you can now create 21 different types of charts in Zoho Sheet (previously we had 4 types of charts).


Of course, all these charts are embeddable. I created a sample chart below from this page using our ‘link external data‘ feature.So the graph will be updated every hour if the data changes.

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There are more features coming…stay tuned. Please do give this a try and let us know what you think.

Zoho Mail

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If you visit today, you’ll notice a subtle yet important change there. What used to be called as ‘Zoho Virtual office‘ is now renamed as ‘Zoho Mail’.


‘Zoho Virtual office’ (currently in private beta) was perceived as an integrated suite of our office applications (Writer, Sheet & Show) by many users, bloggers & press which actually is not the case. We have some integration across Zoho applications, and more integration is on the way, but the Zoho Virtual Office name confused too many people. We were responsible for causing the confusion by calling it “collaboration suite”. The primary applications in Virtual Office are Email, Calendar, Document Management, Task Management, Contact Management etc. To avoid further confusion, we are renaming it as Zoho Mail. While ‘Zoho Mail’ may not do full justice to all the functionality, atleast it points to the core functionality of the application.

The change has been made on our home page and will eventually be made in all places.  It is still in private beta, but we are making rapid progress towards opening it up. We are increasing the user count steadily,  keeping in mind load and system responsiveness. As I posted earlier, a lot more hardware is on the way, which would allow us to offer it to many more users. Thanks for your patience & understanding.

Million Dollar Upgrade

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No, this is not a software update this time. It is a complete infrastructure upgrade (with the biggest check we ever wrote :)). Zoho is moving to a new home, a new data center with a complete hardware upgrade. This includes new security infrastructure, hundreds of 64 bit servers and lot more.

Our current infrastructure coexist with AdventNet’s (our parent company) infrastructure. This time, it is exclusive for Zoho and is built for future growth. We have been working hard for the last few months on this and I am glad our team managed to get everything in excellent shape. Thanks to different vendors and our operations team in getting our infrastructure ready. Over the next few weeks, we will be migrating our Zoho applications to our new infrastructure which is much powerful than our existing one.

We will keep you informed on the migration schedule of individual applications. While the existing applications will be migrated to our new infrastructure, our new applications (oh yea, we have more coming) will be deployed directly in our new home.

Harry McCracken at reviews Zoho

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Harry McCracken has a review of Zoho at In an article titled “The Best Way To Do Work Online, A Web-based office suite that bests Google and Microsoft“, Harry concludes that ‘if anyone needs a full-fledged online office suite right this very minute, it is Zoho‘. From his article :

Zoho is, like Google Apps, a Web-based productivity suite. The biggest difference between them will be obvious the first time you visit the Zoho home page. Unlike Apps and most other would-be Office killers, the Zoho suite has all of the applications you expect: a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation package, e-mail, and a calendar. There are also Zoho modules for databases and managing projects. And there are even tools with no counterpart in Microsoft Office, such as one for building wikis.

While they don’t replicate every function of their Microsoftian counterparts, Zoho’s programs are highly evolved by online standards. Zoho Writer, for instance, handles basic graphics and lists with aplomb, incorporates tools for Web-page design and blogging, and offers multiple levels of undo. Like many of the best Web applications, it makes collaboration painless, letting you share documents selectively or post them on the Web with a few clicks. And while the Zoho applications are inaccessible when you’re offline, plug-ins for Word and Excel let you save and open documents from your online Zoho file repository. That means it’s a snap to use Zoho when you’ve got a Net connection and Office when you don’t.

Thanks to Harry and Slate!

Site 24×7 steps out of Beta

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Another Zoho application steps out of beta (previous apps are CRM & Projects)…and this time it is Site 24×7. I mentioned about this service earlier which is used to monitor your websites and applications.

We are also announcing the pricing for this service. Of course, there is always a free version which lets you monitor up to 2 websites. But if you need more functionality, you can always move to our professional version and the pricing starts @ $0.5/month. More information on pricing is here.

Here is a list of features. Please do give it a try and let us know what you think.