Zoho Gadgets launches today with the aim to connect Zoho applications with external applications. Zoho Gadgets, available at http://gadgets.zoho.com, can be integrated/embedded with online applications like iGoogle, Facebook, Orkut, Gmail & more. To start with, we are offering six Zoho gadgets.
- Zoho Docs (Including Writer, Sheet & Show)
- Zoho Mail
- Zoho Calendar
- Zoho Tasks
- Zoho Contacts and
- Zoho Planner
All the gadgets are OpenSocial compatible – this means you can now use these gadgets in any OpenSocial compatible social network. We plan to provide gadgets for other Zoho Applications moving forward.
These gadgets can be embedded individually in any websites or can be added to iGoogle or any personal dashboard.
Gadgets for iGoogle
You can now add all Zoho Gadgets to your start page. To add Zoho Gadgets to iGoogle, just click on the iGoogle link in Gadgets page and add these gadgets for them to appear in your iGoogle page.
These gadgets support oAuth when plugged into iGoogle or Gmail. This means, Zoho Gadgets can be accessed without entering Zoho Credentials inside iGoogle/Gmail. Also, as you know, we do let you login to Zoho with your Google credentials. This means, we automatically show your Zoho contents if you use this option to login to Zoho.
Gadgets for Facebook & Orkut
Gadgets can be added to Facebook by clicking on the Facebook icon in the Gadgets page and bookmarking the gadget. Your gadgets will be visible from the Applications bar at the bottom in Facebook.
As you may know, we have Zoho App for Facebook as well.
Similar to Facebook, these gadgets can also be added to Orkut. Clicking on the Orkut link in Gadgets page will redirect you to Orkut page where you have an option to add the application to your profile.
Gadgets in Gmail
We have many users using Gmail for email and Zoho for Documents. If
you are one of those users, you can now view your Zoho Documents within
Gmail. To do this, you’ll have to enable the Labs feature in Gmail. To do this, go to Settings > Labs Tab > Enable ‘Add any gadget by URL’ and save the changes.
Now, go to Settings > Gadgets tab and paste the XML URL of the gadget and click ‘Add’. This XML URL is available under OpenSocial option in the Gadgets page.
For now, you’ll be able to add Zoho Docs, Calendar and Tasks gadgets to Gmail. If you are using Gmail, we figured you won’t need Zoho Mail & Zoho Contacts inside Gmail 🙂
Gadgets for OpenSocial Apps
Zoho Gadgets can be added to any application that is OpenSocial compatible. The OpenSocial option in our Gadgets page provides the link to the XML file needed to integrate the gadget.
All these gadgets can be embedded anywhere with our standard embed option. Just copy and paste the code in your blog or website for the gadget to be embedded. Of course, this also means you can embed these gadgets in
other Zoho Applications like Zoho Notebook, Wiki, Writer, Show etc which support standard HTML embeds.
A Zoho Docs Gadget embedded in Zoho Notebook
This is just the beginning for Zoho Gadgets. We have more gadgets to come for our other applications. We also have plans to make these gadgets available in other social networks like Ning moving forward. These
gadgets will also make their way to the Desktop component in Zoho Business.
Please do try out these gadgets in social networks and let us know your feedback.