Zoho Office Suite
|This article is outdated. (December 2013)|
|Zoho Office Suite|
Zoho Writer, the word processor component
Type of site
|Online office suite, web app|
Zoho Office Suite is a web-based online office suite containing word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, note-taking, wikis, customer relationship management (CRM), project management, invoicing, and other applications developed by ZOHO Corporation (formerly AdventNet Inc.), an India-based company. It was launched in 2005 with a web-based word processor. Additional products such as spreadsheets and presentations, were incorporated later into Zoho. Zoho applications are distributed as software as a service (SaaS).
Zoho uses an open application programming interface for its Writer, Sheet, Show, Creator, Meeting, and Planner products. It also has plugins into Microsoft Word and Excel, an OpenOffice.org plugin, and a plugin for Firefox.
Zoho Sites is an online, drag and drop website builder. It provides free hosting, unlimited storage, bandwidth and web pages. Features also include an array of website templates and mobile websites. 
The suite's word processor supports most common formats, and embedded web content. Zoho Writer was one of the earliest online word processors to support both online and offline editing by using Google Gears.
Zoho CRM is a customer relationship management application with features like procurement, inventory, and some accounting functions from the realm of ERP. The free version is limited to 3 users.
Google Apps integration
In October 2009, Zoho integrated some of their applications with the Google Apps online suite. This enabled users to sign into both suites under one login. Zoho and Google still remain separate, competing companies.
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