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Zoho Productivity Products on Your Mobile

 Zoho that provides online office with a suite of productivity and collaboration applications has launched its services for mobile users. You can access Zoho services from your Mobile Phone using Mobile Web Browser. Earlier Zoho had basic mobile support for its applications on iPhone and limited support on Windows Mobile. Now Zoho has expanded his services, to support fully integrates Zoho Applications with several mobile devices.

We had covered in the past that ThinkFree, Google Docs and Zoho are Sharing online office space. Now Zoho is the pioneer in launching online office for mobile users.

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As TechCrunch mentions, it provides easy access by supporting Google and Yahoo IDs.

The 6 applications Zoho Mail, Calendar, Writer, Sheet, Show and Creator are now available on all the following mobile platforms.

1. iPhone and iPod Touch

2. Android

3. Blackberry Perl, Curve, Bold, Storm

4. Windows Mobile OS version 6.x

5. Nokia Symbian S60 Platform – E71, E63, 5800 etc.

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View the slide show on Zoho’s mobile integration at TechCrunch

Open Source and SaaS are a great combination

Why Open Source SaaS will be the future?

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is becoming increasingly popular and vital to a business. In the recent times, Open Source software or open source development has greatly contributed to this trend. Open source has revolutionized the software business in enterprise, by dramatically lowering the cost of entry for software providers. Development tools and infrastructure components required to deliver software as a service are now mostly inexpensive or free. This has opened the software market to a much wider audience of developers who can now start companies and deliver their products for far less money than was required just a few years ago. In short, open source is making software cheaper in that it lowers barriers to entry and creates a more competitive market.

The greatest contribution of SaaS has been in tools like Google’s Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Apps etc which make collaboration cheaper and easier. It used to be that software was not released to the market until it was “ready;” however, SaaS products are typically developed in public long before they are formally released. SaaS Model exploits public beta testing and also could bring down your verification and quality expenses. This new mindset has been a significant change in the way companies develop software and it is the SaaS providers that have really lead this charge.

Real issue is, Enterprises are concerned with deployment times, and SaaS has certainly helped to reduce those.

Important thing to be noted is that SaaS is a fundamental shift in software delivery and that it will be the defining mechanism for delivering new software applications in the future. Open source is revolutionary, but not for the user as much as for the developer. The user wants simplicity, and SaaS provides that.

The paradigm shifts in computing history always is in the ease of use that change things. SaaS is a revolutionary deployment in the user’s access to powerful software. It will change everyone’s expectations about the complexity and accessibility of applications. That is what is revolutionary about it. Open source is a huge contribution to this shift, but mainly in its role as a development resource. It will not directly revolutionize user computing the way that SaaS will but it can be a great complement to SaaS. Most SaaS applications are developed using Open Source which makes them agile and cheap (or free in few cases).

There is already a trend, where SaaS and open source are coming closer or in fact they combine. This is a reality now. Best example is SugarCRM which is Open Source and available as SaaS.

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Most notably, open source software must be downloaded and installed and maintained on the user’s premises. But if Open Source software gets the value proposition of SaaS, that it does not need to be installed for or maintained by the user. People will get both the power of open source as well as the ease of SaaS.

Open Source should embrace the easy deployment of SaaS and people can get wonderful deals.

Open Source projects like Open Office should also be deployed as SaaS. Many a times, people like the scope of collaborative participation in SaaS and tend to use Online Office suits like Google Docs or Thinkfree. Even though, Open Office offers a lot more features, people may tend to ignore since it needs to be installed on theirs computers etc.

Sharing online office space – ThinkFree vs Google Docs and Zoho

The space of online office has been shared by three major competitors – Google, ThinkFree and Zoho. ThinkFree stands out amongst it competitors by providing ability for web office users to work on the documents offline. Google Docs offers Gears, a software platform that is a browser extension to let you take your documents offline, work with Web applications while disconnected, and then sync the changes automatically when the user reconnect. ThinkFree customers have had this ability via its ThinkFree Manager since long.

ThinkFree Office’s sync tool, ThinkFree Manager, is available to all buyers of its desktop version of ThinkFree Office, so documents stored in a ThinkFree Web account can be worked available offline and automatically synced when you reconnect. ThinkFree provides My Office services which allow managing documents anytime from anywhere perfectly. One can manage their document from home, office ( ThinkFree office ) or manage from hotel, airport, library ( via online office ) or while moving using mobile office

As ThinkFree Office opens Microsoft Office documents and Microsoft Office opens ThinkFree documents, there are no obstructions to share documents with Microsoft Office users. As the UI of ThinkFree Office is similar to Microsoft Office, it masks it easy for Microsoft Office users to easily migrate to ThinkFree Office.

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ThinkFree offers two products: an online, web-based office suite and a Microsoft Office-compatible suite for the desktop. Users can synchronize data between the web service and their desktops via the SyncTool ThinkFree Manager.

A perfect document management system My Office provides the following:

1. 1 GB of free space

1 GB of free space is provided by My Office so you can store and access all of the documents in secure server of ThinkFree without the hassle of backing up, virus protection etc.

2. ThinkFree office for desktop

ThinkFree office for desktop is a suite of office software package that is compatible with Microsoft® Office. ThinkFree office runs popular formats like .doc, .docx, .xls, .ppt and .pptx.
The office suite software package includes
ThinkFree Write for word processing, an online word processor
ThinkFree Calc for spreadsheet
ThinkFree Show for presentation


ThinkFree interface is easy to learn unlike Microsoft Office but the look and feel is like Microsoft Office. It supports multiple operating systems like Windows, Mac and Linux.

3. ThinkFree online Office

ThinkFree documents can be saved directly on the online secure storage. ThinkFree supports multiple languages like English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Chinese and Japanese.

4. Sync Tool

ThinkFree Manager ( Sync Tool ) handles updating the latest file information. You can keep making documents anytime anywhere and the File Sync handles updating the latest file information so you don’t have to spend uploading the latest changes you did while you were offline.

5. Powerful HTML editor

Web Word “Note” provides a powerful web editor for powerful blogging. Easy to edit as various templates and layouts are provided. You can create various mashup services ( yahoomap, youtube videos, flickr images

6. Sharing Documents

Sharing documents is very easy as you don’t need to email the document as an attachment. You can simply email the link to the file located on the ThinkFree server or synced folder on your desktop using any of your own email application. Its easy to choose who can access your document as an co-author or as an viewer. It provides an easy way to publish document to internet or your own web site or blog.

7. Mobile Access

ThinkFree is working on supporting a Mobile ThinkFree Office suite soon. Currently you can access the My Office service within your ThinkFree website using the mobile device.

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