Sorry for being a bit late, the following are some of the blogs that were appreciative of Zoho last month. James Gaskin at NetworkWorld :
Zoho, the free personal service with their own applications like word processor, spreadsheet, online presentations, and web conferencing (as well as another 10 apps) now has a business service running as a beta test. Still free as a beta, it will cost something when it rolls out officially. Many small businesses feel the free Zoho applications provide enough features and collaboration for their use. Others feel Zoho Projects and Zoho CRM tools are worth paying for already.
Jim Benson at Evolving Web :
This morning, I woke to find myself greeted with Zoho‘s second anniversary. In much less time as Vista has been in production, Zoho has been formed and created a scary-massive suite of web-based and desktop-linkable programs that I’m becoming more and more in love with.
Zoho CRM – yes an entire CRM – is probably my favorite. I use it not just to manage Gray Hill’s customers, but also to manage everything I do. I’ve basically put my entire personal work flow into their CRM.
And Jay Fienberg, in a comment to the above post says,
We’ve switched from 37 Signals’ Basecamp to Zoho Projects for project management. And, without getting into nitpicky details about Basecamp vs Zoho Projects, I can say that I’d pretty consistently recommend Zoho Projects over Basecamp–and I’d recommend that people who feel limited by Basecamp switch to Zoho.
Actually, I’d probably say that Basecamp is a tool designed for tracking communications, and not so well designed for traditional task tracking. Zoho Projects is better designed for traditional task tracking, e.g., where you rely on multiple date-based, resource-based and milestone-based views of your project universe.
Pierre DeMontigny recommends Zoho as well :
Okay you are upgrading your computers and you jump at the cost of Microsoft Office licences. Have you thought about using an alternative such as OpenOffice or a totally online solution such as Zoho.com? If you have checked Zoho a couple of years ago, make sure you check again. They have a very solid suite of applications. They also have launched a business version that is worth investigating. Who knows, Online Office Suites may be a real deal for the future.
Zoho: Currently the most powerful Office 2.0 suite in the market. What i like the most about Zoho, is that although it runs on the web, its set of features is rich, and would satisfy even the most enthusiastic MS Office user. It offers a Word processor , a Spreadsheet application (Excel like) ,a private beta of a new online mail application, and the extra slick Creator, and application that allows you to create a web form in seconds.
Cedarstreet Publishing has this to say :
Zoho is what Google’s productivity tools want to be when they grow up, and is the leather jacket wearing “cool kid” to Microsoft Office’s “The Man”. It’s a series of online tools which you’d find either online (like chat, wiki and mail) and offline (word processor, presentation tools and spreadsheets).I have tried Google’s offerings, and they’re OK: passable, actually, but hardly powerhouses. Office and it’s ilk are overwrought, and painfully isolated, locking you into a single computer unless you manually move your work from computer to computer.
Zoho is, at this moment, blowing my mind. I cannot believe that they fit this much STUFF into a single online suite, AND, more importantly, have added so many damn bells and whistles that one feels compelled to test each and every single one of them simply because they are legion and because they are so amazingly well done.
Peter of brain objects (a Zoho partner) heaps praise :
If you think Google has a nice suite of applications with their, Document (Word Processor), Spreadsheet, and Presentation, applications, you really will be in for a treat when you start using your very own, and/or co-branded set of complete web presence tools, and online legacy style office suite applications. Zoho is offering just that, all within one tightly integrated solution, which is unmatched on a global scale.
Zoho’s Word Processor, called Zoho Writer, is a feat in technological innovation with object layer control only seen in desktop drawing, and photo editing programs via the desktop, let alone a web browser. Additionally within Writer you can now email legal agreements written in Zoho Writer, and have them seamlessly digitally signed via a third party service called http://www.EchoSign.com. This is an astounding jump in productivity if you spend your life halfway between Microsoft Word, and a fax machine. Lawyers take note here.
Zoho CRM is a classy bit of software that runs online (it’s hosted for you) or comes as a packaged version. Seeing we’re well into Web2.0 I’m going for the hosted version.
A CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is basically as it implies – it manages the customer relationship. That includes keeping detailed customer details for easy access and marketing campaign. It’s a marketers’ delight as you can run your campaigns, offer customer support and generally manage the whole customer management experience from the one place.
The Analytics and reporting tools are second to none and to top it all off you can get it to work with Outlook – and myself being a big time Outlook user, this is a big plus.
The tabbed interface makes it easy to navigate to the section you want.
I’ve only touched on a few of it’s features as really, you have to take a few hours and really dig deep to understand how powerful this application is. Regardless, I was so impressed with it that I’m seriously considering using it full time in my own business. Yes, there’s a bit of a learning curve involved but it’s pretty basic and a few hours should do the trick.
Another big plus: it’s FREE! You have full access, with all the features enabled for up to 3 users.
Hope you are reading this Martin – Don’t worry, we will continue to have the free version for Zoho CRM. And thanks to all bloggers using Zoho and writing about their experiences!