Zoho Sites is now free, and it was an easy decision to make!

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The internet is a promise for value. For both the surfer and the creator, the internet promises value. Website builders try to show the creators a way to create without issue.  Despite the hundreds of options in the market there is, sadly, an absence of a complete builder that is accessible to the ones without a big paycheck. We are changing that. With Zoho Sites, you can now create, edit and host beautiful websites, for free!

Unsustainable Advertising 

Let’s think about why do website builders ask you to pay. Of the numerous website builders in the market, the most prominent distinction among the ‘best’ seems to be their marketing budget. Focusing primarily on visibility, these companies have been spending increasing amounts to catch eyeballs. One even spent millions for its 30 seconds of fame! Despite the excessive spending, these companies are barely reaching break-even. They are getting their visibility, but low-conversion rates were hurting their ability to generate revenue enough to justify expenses. The model had proven to be unsustainable and unstable. Read more

New in the App Store: Zoho Books for iPad

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When you say cloud, the first thing that we want you to think of is anytime, anywhere access.  But having said that, a product is never truly on the ‘Cloud’ until it is easily accessible
anytime, anywhere, on any device.

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In an effort to make Zoho Books a complete ‘Cloud’ accounting software app, we’re making a major announcement today. We’re pleased to announce the availability of our new Zoho Books iPad app.This native app is perfectly optimized for your iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini.

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Build intelligence into your Zoho Creator forms

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If there’s one feature we had to pick in Zoho Creator that could help you achieve the most, with the least amount of effort, it’s Form Automation.

Form automation is a time-saving addition to Zoho Creator that can make your everyday work easier. It allows you to define your business rules and workflows. The best part is you can do this without any coding.

With this feature, your app can now show/hide fields or sub-forms or complete a set of tasks when a form rule is met while the user fills, submits or modifies a form. You can trigger actions such as displaying custom confirmation messages, redirecting users to different web pages, sending predefined email/SMS notifications based on different rules that are met.

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Announcing Zoho People Webhooks for Real-time Callbacks.

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API (Application Programming Interface) has always been the most preferred means of integration between two systems. For instance, an HR software and payroll. This is most convenient when data needs to be exchanged every time a requirement arises. However, what if instant notifications need to be sent and received the very second an event is triggered? That’s precisely what a webhook does.

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A webhook is an http call back that sends data to the third party system whenever an event is triggered. For example, when a travel expense record is approved, a webhook instantly notifies the accounting system by invoking its API to process the reimbursement. Alternatively, if a webhook isn’t used, the API  will only be called periodically (end of day, week, or month) to find out pending reimbursements and hence delay the payment process.

A Webhook is certainly a better way to integrate with third party systems and your own custom applications, ensuring data synchronization at all times. That’s why Zoho People has now adopted Webhooks!

Announcing the iPad app for Zoho ​Reports

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Mobile apps are becoming more critical for businesses. This is evident from the fact that Zoho’s apps recently clocked 1,000,000+ downloads. Launching today, is the iPad app for Zoho Reports.

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With an increasingly mobile workforce, there are often situations where business data needs to be accessed and analyzed instantly. It’s ​easily done with a mobile device like an ​iPad.

Our new mobile business intelligence app complements the web/browser view offered by Zoho Reports. It helps you track key business metrics on the go, spot trends quickly, collaborate with colleagues and arrive at informed business decisions. It lets you easily interact with the reports, as well as share and analyze data from a wide range of sources, all from your iPad.

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​Presenter View: The Presenter’s Secret Weapon!

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Presentations are canvases that narrate rich stories. The presenter now resembles a story teller with a script or a broader idea from which a captivating story is told. Unlike a narrator holding a book though, presenters have traditionally relied on slides projected on the screen to guide the audience. Unfortunately, there is very little access to content beyond the brief script on the slide - a major headache for presenters who deliver long presentations.

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This is where the Presenter View benefits speakers. Presenter view enables you to see what the audience is viewing on the screen, while also having an extended version of the presentation open on your laptop. This means, as a presenter you no longer have to depend on the same slides duplicated on two screens. You also have access to elaborate slide content and a set of other tools that makes presentations effortless. Read more

Customer service centered around customers, not software. Now that’s zen.

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We all know that guy.

When he first burst on your social circle’s scene, he was a refreshing change of pace. He was cool. He shared great stories. He whisked you to awesome, hidden spots for the best tacos. It felt like he unlocked an unmatched freedom to do, to be, to explore.

But it didn’t stop there.

He kept pushing, insisting on himself, inserting himself into the center…of everything. He inflated his own ego to a point where he artificially increased his own gravity.

Then he starts hijacking every conversation, ensuring everyone within earshot knows he has actually been to [insert exotic location you dream about visiting] and it wasn’t as awesome as [insert obscure location]. When your friends will get together, it must be on his terms. Everything is required to revolve around him.

Where once your social circle was built around relationships, over time it will all become about him.

Thankfully, as quickly as he appeared he will be gone. Having outgrown your social scene, he will find a new, bigger, better, more connected, wealthier group to commandeer.truezen Read more