PLEASANTON, Calif.--April 16, 2009 —Zoho today announced Zoho Gadgets, embeddable, gadget versions of the company’s online productivity and collaboration applications for iGoogle, Facebook, Orkut, and other online applications that support OpenSocial. Initially, the company is making Zoho Docs, Zoho Mail, Zoho Calendar, Zoho Tasks, Zoho Contacts and Zoho Planner applications available as Zoho Gadgets. Users can find Zoho Gadgets at http://gadgets.zoho.com/ and at http://www.zoho.com/.
“Zoho Gadgets are really another way of giving Zoho users access to their data on Zoho and letting them work on Zoho from other applications,” said Raju Vegesna, Zoho evangelist.
“A lot of people live in iGoogle, Facebook, Orkut, and other online applications and communities. Now, they can embed Zoho Gadgets to gain ready access to their Zoho information from those third-party sites.”
The first six Zoho applications the company is offering as gadgets are available now, free of charge, and include:
Zoho Docs – a gadget for managing Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet, and Zoho Show files online. Users can create, edit and view all your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from this gadget.
Zoho Mail – A mini-mail gadget for Zoho Mail that lets you view and send emails.
Zoho Calendar – a calendaring gadget that lets you add, view, and track events and appointments
More – Zoho is also offering gadget versions of Zoho Tasks, Zoho Contacts, and Zoho Planner. Going forward, the company plans to offer gadget versions of other Zoho applications.
Zoho users who visit http://gadgets.zoho.com/ will find dedicated “Facebook,” “iGoogle,” and “Orkut” buttons associated with each Zoho Gadget. Clicking these buttons takes users to Facebook, iGoogle, or Orkut, where they can add the Zoho Gadget to their profiles. Zoho Gadgets conforms to OpenSocial, and users who want to embed a Zoho Gadget in applications that support OpenSocial can click the “OpenSocial” button to obtain the XML needed to embed Zoho Gadgets in those applications. A generic “Embed” button is also available for all Zoho Gadgets, which displays the HTML code users can copy and paste into any other applications, web pages or blogs.
In addition to embedding Zoho Gadgets in third-party online applications, Zoho Gadgets can also be added to Zoho applications that support embedded applications such as Zoho Notebook, Writer, Show, Wiki. The company also plans to make Zoho Gadgets available from the desktops of Zoho Business and Zoho Personal.
“We have many users using Gmail for Email and Zoho for Documents. Such users can now use Zoho Gadgets inside Gmail. Zoho Gadget's OpenSocial support enables us to embed these gadgets inside Gmail,” continued Vegesna. “Users can use Zoho Docs, Calendar and Tasks gadgets inside Gmail.”
Zoho is a comprehensive suite of award-winning on-line business applications. Customers use Zoho to run their business processes, manage their information and be more productive while at the office or on the go, without having to worry about expensive or outdated hardware or software. To date, Zoho has launched 19 different applications — from CRM to Mail, Reports, and Wikis. Zoho has received numerous awards, including a 2008 PC World "25 Most Innovative Products Award" and a 2007 TechCrunch "Best Enterprise Start-up."
Zoho is a division of AdventNet, a privately-held and profitable company. With headquarters in Pleasanton, CA and offices in Austin, New Jersey, London, Tokyo, and Beijing, AdventNet serves the technology needs of more than 40,000 customers worldwide. For more information about Zoho, please visit http://www.zoho.com/.