Zoho joins Facebook

Zoho joins Facebook

Summary: Zoho doesn't miss an opportunity to connect up with the hot products and services. Last week the company announced a version of its main browser-based applications for the iPhone and today it joined the Facebook revolution.

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Zoho doesn't miss an opportunity to connect up with the hot products and services. Last week the company announced a version of its main browser-based applications for the iPhone and today it joined the Facebook revolution.

From Facebook, you can launch, view and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Similar to the iZoho for the iPhone, you can only edit Writer documents. Viewing and editing Zoho files happens on separate Zoho pages that lack any Facebook context, such as a back to Facebook link or button.

What's interesting is how Zoho can tap into a person's friends network for sharing documents and collaboration. Given the number of students using Facebook, this could be a useful features. Zoho's Raju Vegesna said the 30 percent of Zoho users of students. Zoho's main applications continue to be available at no charge.

While the Zoho Facebook application doesn't represent a significant market of revenue gain at this point, over time the mashing up of social platforms and applications will become standard.

As the gravitational pull of services like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Zing, Bebo and others gets stronger, the other on demand applications vendors will follow Zoho's lead.

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In addition, Zoho announced that it will introduce in a few weeks a Zoho dashboard for organizing the files from any Zoho applications from a single page.

Topic: Social Enterprise

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  • Wow

    Every time I turn around, Zoho is releasing a new product. My experience so far with their apps is a good one. They do what they claim!
    cyngaines
  • Great idea!

    I have not done a thorough head-to-head cookoff between the word processor in
    Google Apps and Zoho, but the latter was a lot more fun to use. Not the ultimate
    consideration in selecting software, but important to students.
    Will be interesting to see how it will affect collaborative projects in education.
    The rich or lucky ones will also be able to work on docs from their iPhone.
    keel