Make it easy for customers to join your Remote Support session

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When you conduct a remote support session to fix a problem in your customer’s computer, avoid directing him with a lengthy process like go to url, download and run the file, enter session Id, etc. Zoho Assist makes it simple with various ways of inviting your customer to join remote support session in a few seconds with just a click!

Invite in the way it suits to the customer and you

Invite by Email
Just after starting remote support session, invite your customer instantly using ‘Invite by E-mail’ option from your the Technician window itself. Your customer can join the session with a single click on the link from his email!

Invite with Support URL
Your customer is out of reach of email and you are wondering how to invite him for your remote support session? Don’t worry, you can invite him just by copying the support URL from Zoho Assist Technician window and sending it through IM or chat. Your customer can join the session automatically using this invitation link.

Various ways of inviting remote customer

Invite through Phone
When none of the above works out well for your customer, you can provide him with the unique session Id displayed, through phone. Your customer can join the remote session by providing the Session Id in Join web page ( https://join.zoho.com). At once he clicks on the join button, he will join the session automatically! (This needs java plugin installed in your customer’s browser)

Join from your Website
You can also embed remote support widget in your website or blog, so that your clients can join the remote support session from your own website. By this way, you can provide remote support extending your website experience to your customer, rather than directing him to Zoho Assist webpage. Just provide the unique session Id to your customer and ask him to join from your website.

What are you waiting for? Start a remote support session now and invite your customer instantly!

Experience faster and smoother Remote Support

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With the highly improved quality and connection speed of Zoho Assist, you can now connect and control your customer’s computer much easier and faster, regardless of their Operating System ( Windows / Mac / Linux ). Default viewing experience and remote control access in cross-platform support is made better and faster.

Better quality for remote Mac OS support
As you know well, Zoho Assist supports all flavors of Mac OS. Now, we have specially increased the support quality and connection speed for the Mac OS, suiting its higher resolution and enhanced graphics, to provide better screen sharing experience.

Connect Faster. Support your customers easily. Smoother keyboard synchronization
Typing and working with remote keyboard is breeze with the refinements made in keyboard synchronization. Whether you are in your customer’s computer or remoting into another Server in your customer’s LAN, or working on the remote browser / desktop, you will have smooth and consistent remote support experience, just like working in your own PC.

Multiple monitor support and reduced color quality featureEasy switch between monitors
Does your customer has multiple monitors and you want to assist them remotely? No worries. Now switching between monitors is much faster with Zoho Assist (Currently, multiple monitor is supported in Windows OS only).

Quick access with Reduced Color Quality
Even if your customers are in slow network connection, you can still connect with them easily by reducing the Color Quality from your toolbar and get quick access to their Desktop.

Hope you find these enhancements useful. We will continue to provide you with a better and more comfortable remote support experience. Try Zoho Assist and share your experience with us.

Offer Remote Support from your Chromebook

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While we’ve been constantly adding new services to Google Apps Marketplace, we’ve also been stocking up the Chrome Web Store. Today we are glad to announce our latest addition to the Google Chrome Webstore – Zoho Assist.
Zoho Assist provides a simple and straight forward user interface to connect to remote computers anywhere in the world, as long as they are hooked to the internet. Once your customer approves access, control the remote computer as if it’s in front of you. 
With Zoho Assist installed in your Chromebook, you can now view and control any desktop without installing any additional plugin or software. Zoho Assist is built with the latest HTML viewer technology, which enables it to be purely web based, easy to connect and hence it syncs smoothly with your cloud based Chromebook.
Well, to put it short, remote support becomes much more simpler in your Chromebook with Zoho Assist. Do install the app from here and let us know your feedback.. We’re all ears!!

New Desktop Plugin for Zoho Assist!

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Zoho Assist was initially dependent on Zoho Meeting to start a remote session from the desktop. Now, with it’s own new and sleek desktop plugin, Zoho Assist has empowered itself to start sessions from the desktop with a single click.

Browser independence is one of the core features of this new plugin. It runs in the task menu and requires very less memory footprint, i.e., it will not eat your system resources while still being handy in establishing a robust remote session. Another major feature is the Auto-Updation. This will help users to enjoy the new features without any manual updation troubles. One can also resume the previous session with a single click. (you don’t need to create a fresh session every time, thereby saving time)

This Zoho Assist plugin is presently available for Microsoft Windows only. We’ll be releasing the other OS versions soon. You can download the plugin here. Hope the new desktop plugin will help you experience the remote sessions on the fly. Happy remoting!

UAC Support in Zoho Assist

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We are delighted to announce User Account Control (UAC) support in Zoho Assist, our
easy and effective remote support app. UAC support will be of much help to support technicians assisting clients on Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7. UAC is a security component which displays a dialog box asking for administrator privileges whenever an administrative task is attempted.




UAC dialog box as displayed to standard users




UAC dialog box as displayed to administrators

Previously, the Support Technician was unable to see the UAC dialog box. The reason for this was because the UAC and the support session run in different modes (secure desktop mode vs normal mode). With this latest update,

Zoho Assist

is able detect the UAC dialog box and informs the Support Technician, so that he can ask the client to bring the UAC to the normal desktop. From that point, the UAC dialog box will get displayed to the support technician. A detailed step-by-step guide is available
here. Please contact us at
support@zohoassist.com with any questions.

Faster and smoother connection process for Remote Support

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A few weeks back, I had a personal remote support experience with my dad, more specifically helping him out with transliteration in gmail by showing him how it works as I directly controlled his computer’s mouse and keyboard. I had to take this drastic step after about 1 hour of trying to explain how it is done over the phone, continuously countering his ever present ‘I don’t understand computers’ attitude. Prior to this, when I had initiated this remote support effort and directed him to the join web page, he demanded,

 Why do I have to type in my name, email and all that ? Don’t you know it already? Why can’t I just click on something, like it is usually with computers and be done with it.

After such personal experiences that I shared with the team and intently paying attention to requests on improving the user experience in establishing remote connections, we have been vigorously working on making it as simple as possible for your

remote support
needs. Many unhappy feelings were posted to support in writing (some polished, some strikingly straight forward) about having the remote user type in information like their email address at join.zoho.com and delays in the connection process through email invitations.

Well, no more delays, time to get set and go! All that a remote user needs to do now is run the little (just 111kb in size) join executable when they type in

join.zoho.com
at the browser’s location bar and key in the session id in the little edit box that is as simple as this:

Join Session Box

Click

Join

and that’s it! A progress bar runs for a few seconds…

Remote connection progress

…and the remote connection is complete.

With email invitations or sending session link via chat, the remote user does not even have to key in the session id which is incorporated with the invitation link. Just running the join executable will do. We noticed that people who are already aware of this change, currently using

Zoho Assist
are pleased with this current setup and the remote connection process has become faster and smoother. So, to all those who had reservations with our previous join process, give our new method a try.

This is just an initial effort at improving the overall user experience and more updates are coming up in this regard. Stay tuned! If your thirst for ease-of-use in getting things done online without leaving your seat isn’t yet satisfied, post your comments
on your expectations for a better remote support experience. We are determined to quench it!

Note: This update is effective only with Windows PCs.

Embed Remote Support widget on your web site for a better customer experience

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Rarely will people go through with sensitive transactions and interactions, if they do not feel comfortable and secure about it, because…..

Sensitive Interactions

…..most times it turns out bad. When it comes to something extremely sensitive like Remote Support , where one grants control and access to their computer entirely, customer experience while going through with it really matters. It is normal for average computer users to be paranoid when it comes to remote support, given that even some computer savvy folks are skeptical of online dealings like buying and paying for stuff through net banking etc. One awkward experience with your remote
support service is enough reason for a customer to never return to you
for help!

Think about it, isn’t there always that little
hesitation whenever we are transferred to a third party payment gateway
while shopping online? Sometimes you even quit from going through with it.
Isn’t it true that we feel safer when that payment gateway is built
within the site of the online store though it is the same thing. True,
that the online store is sort of concealing the fact that another
service is involved yet it is simply about making it less complicated
for their customers, since the store is certain about the security of the service they have chosen.

Our Zoho Assist’s Embed Remote Support widget works the same way. Instead of directing your remote users to join a
support session through Zoho Assist’s join session page, you can direct them to
your own site page. All you have
to do is simply copy and paste a couple of lines of text (code) to your
site’s HTML source and you get a session-id box with a join button right on your page. This way your customers’ experience is focused around your business’ service, making it more comfortable, easy and safe in perspective.

Here are a few examples of remote service providers utilizing the Embed feature of Zoho Assist (Click on the images to see the actual site pages). The following image is from One Stop PC computer support:

One Stop Computer Support

Similarly, New Frontier Ventures LLC , has remote support built into their web page:

New Frontier Ventures
Now, compare joining a support session through the above pages to the Zoho Assist join session page. What would make you feel more comfortable? Not many of us like giving our email-ids just because we seek service right? You can avoid that for your clients with the embed widget. We are working on complete re-branding options wherein you can even get rid of the ‘powered by zoho’ tag, create your own organization / company support URL and more (for which you might have to pay a little).

Customer experience is of top priority. Make your remote support service easy, secure and comfortable for your clients, try Zoho Assist now!