Announcing Zoho Sync: Push Mail And Mobile Sync Service

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Zoho Sync for Mobile Devices

We made a new year resolution to keep our services in tune with the ever evolving world, especially with respect to the rapidly growing smartphone and tablet segment. Today, we are glad to announce the release of Zoho Sync for mobile devices. You can now get automatic notifications PUSHed to your mobile phone or tablet when new emails arrive and your device’s local mail, contacts and calendar applications will sync with the web client in real time.

Zoho Sync for Mobile Devices

What’s neat is that this 2-way synchronization happens over-the-air, in the background (provided an internet connection is available) and once turned on, does not require any further manual intervention. So wherever you are, however occupied you might be doing other things, your mobile device will be up-to-date with the latest messages, event updates and contact information.

Zoho Sync functions using your mobile device’s Microsoft Exchange® ActiveSync® (EAS) account support and does not require any additional software. Since almost all the latest IOS, Android and Windows mobile devices support EAS, you can easily enable Zoho Sync on most mobile devices that run on these popular platforms. If you want to sync only mail, only mail and calendar but not contacts and so on, you can specify your options in your device’s EAS account settings.

ZSync Exchange Account Setup     ZSync Automatic Notification

So how is using Zoho Sync better compared to the typical IMAP setup? Let’s see:

  • Instead of your mobile device having to check (poll) for updates at regular intervals, notifications are pushed from the server to the device. This improves battery life.
  • You’ll receive automatic notifications on your phone the instant a new email arrives.
  • You’ll receive automatic notifications about new calendar events and event updates the instant the changes are made.
  • Email, calendar and contacts related actions you perform on your mobile will automatically reflect on your web client and vice versa. For example, when you read an email on your mobile, it is marked as read when you log in to the web client later on.

During our in-house tests, the syncing was smooth on the iPhone, iPad and Windows mobile devices. However, we did experience issues with certain models of Android phones. This is because of limitations induced by the customized Android versions shipped by the individual mobile makers and we are continuously working on overcoming them.

So go ahead and set up Zoho Sync on your mobile device and let it tell you that ‘You’ve got mail!’, as soon as it arrives. Be warned that once you turn on push notifications, your phone could be buzzing continuously and you might get addicted to checking mail. And do make sure you back up data before setting up the EAS account because existing data might be removed.

And please help us by sparing a few minutes in providing feedback about how this worked for you.

Has your phone started dinging yet? Coz…. you’ve got mail!

Update (26th June, 2012): Zoho Sync support is now available in all plans. Previously it was open only to users in organizations with their email hosted under the Zoho Mail Standard 15GB plan. Please request the administrator of your organization to go to the Control Panel and ensure that Zoho Sync is enabled for users. This is explained in the list of Zoho Mail feature updates made on Feb 06, 2012.

Google Calendar/Contacts Sync for Zoho CRM Individual users

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Our Google Apps users have been thrilled with the Google Calendar and Contacts sync with Zoho CRM! This excitement has also trickled down to other Zoho CRM users, and comes to us in the form of repeated requests for extending this to all other users. 

Once again, we heard you loud and clear! And today we are glad to announce that we are extending this feature to all our Professional and Enterprise plan users.

Zoho CRM for Google makes it easier for your business to collaborate, communicate and share information, all in one centralized place. If you are using Zoho  CRM with your Google email address, your Calendar and Contacts are all conveniently available in the same place.

At Zoho, we want to make sure you get the most out of your user experience, so please let us know how you like this additional feature. Feel free to drop us a line if there are other enhancements you’d like to see. We love hearing from you! 

Zoho Recruit: Now with Improved Access Permissions and Data Migration

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Here’s a couple of enhancements from Zoho Recruit.

Access Permissions to view Client and Client Contact details

The relationship between Recruiters and Clients is the key to run a successful Recruitment Agency. Therefore, it is vital to protect all your clients’ data from unauthorized access. Zoho Recruit – Applicant Tracking System now comes with Role based and User based permissions, which allows the Recruiter Admin restrict user access to Clients’ and Client Contacts’ data. Grant your teammates access to this data only when required.

Data Migration

Transferring your data from one source to another takes a lot of time and effort. Recruitment data from other Applicant Tracking Systems can now be moved into your Zoho Recruit account efficiently. You can choose from below the method that suits you best, for migrating your data to Zoho Recruit:

  1. Import data from XLS, CSV and TSV formats – Using this method, you can import upto 1000 records at one shot.
  2. Import data from DOC, DOCX, PDF, RTF, TXT, HTML and ZIP formats – This method helps you automatically parse upto 200 to 300 files at a time.
  3. Migration tool – This method helps you to migrate huge data from any platform into your Zoho Recruit account, courtesy our integration with Rchilli.

Try the above improvements and share your valuable feedback with us. For recent updates, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Freedom to move your data whenever and wherever you need to – Support for Import and Export in Zoho Invoice

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Now you have complete flexibility and freedom to move your data in and out of Zoho Invoice at your will.  Yes, we are happy to announce the support for import and export functionality in Zoho Invoice, a feature long awaited but well worth the wait.

What can you import or export?

Your complete set of data!

Yes, you can import or export your customer information, contacts, the items you sell (products or services), invoices and quotes.

What are the formats supported?

We have support for most of the standard formats.

  • Data can be exported in CSV (Comma Separated Values), TSV (Tab Separated Values), XLS (Spreadsheet) and JSON formats.  Additionally we also support exporting of customer and contact information in vCards (.vcf files) format.
  • You can import your data in CSV (Comma Separated Values) or TSV (Tab Separated Values) formats.  Additionally we also support vCard format for importing your contacts or customer information

If you feel, we have missed out any important format drop us a note.  We will be more than happy to add support for that format.

Couple of screenshots for a quick look:

Importing contact information into Zoho Invoice:

Importing contacts in Zoho Invoice

Exporting invoices from Zoho Invoice:

Exporting invoices from Zoho Invoice

Please feel free to share your comments.  You can try out this feature by signing into Zoho Invoice now.

Happy invoicing,
Siva