Zoho is primarily about working online. We have a great set of online
productivity apps which businesses find extremely useful for
collaboration. Microsoft SharePoint is ubiquitous in enterprises for
content management, but it lacks several advantages that cloud
applications like Zoho enjoy.



Today we are pleased to announce Zoho Office for Microsoft SharePoint that brings the advantages of Zoho online productivity applications to ubiquitous Microsoft SharePoint.



Zoho Office for Microsoft SharePoint extends the value of Microsoft
SharePoint by allowing users to create new documents using Zoho’s
office suite and then save them directly to SharePoint in Microsoft
Office supported formats. Users can view or edit existing documents,
spreadsheets and presentations using Zoho Writer, Sheet & Show and
save them back to SharePoint.



This video gives a good overview of this add-on.



Installation video is available here. As Zoho applications are served
from the cloud, you don’t need any installations on desktops to
create/view/edit documents. Once you install the add-on for SharePoint
server, you can be more productive with just your browser.





Zoho Collaboration on Microsoft SharePoint



Apart from providing editing capability for existing documents, the
add-on also provides collaborative editing functionality. Based on
sharing permissions already defined in SharePoint, multiple users can
collaboratively work on documents/spreadsheets/presentations in real-time.
This feature basically brings one of the key advantages of an online
office suite to SharePoint.




While collaboratively editing documents, you can also chat with other members using our integrated Zoho Chat.



Data Behind your Firewall



Along with small and medium businesses, we see a good percentage of
departments in larger organizations using our productivity apps for
collaboration. There are  businesses which prefer keeping their
data behind the enterprise firewall. For such organizations, this new
add-on brings in the best of both worlds – Collaboration capabilities
of an online application while keeping the data behind your firewall.



If you have SharePoint installed in your intranet behind your corporate
firewall, you still will be able to view/edit documents using our
online applications. After changes, your documents are saved back to
your SharePoint server behind your corporate firewall leaving no data
on Zoho Servers.



When you open the document, a copy is transferred temporarily to Zoho
servers securely. When the document is closed, it is permanently
deleted from our servers immediately leaving no data on our side.



Pricing & Availability



Starting today, this add-on is available for Microsoft SharePoint 2007
and 2003 versions. You can try the 30 day evaluation version for
unlimited users. After the trial period, it costs $2/user/month on an
yearly subscription or $3/user/month for monthly subscription.



If you have already invested in Microsoft SharePoint, this add-on is a
great compliment that brings in the advantages of online productivity
applications to SharePoint. If you are able to access SharePoint,
you’ll be able to view/edit documents without having to invest on
productivity suites for every desktop in your business.



Additional information is available @ http://www.zoho.com/sharepoint



Please do give it a try and let us know what you think. 


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  1. Peter Reed

    We use Zoho Projects and also use Sharepoint. How can we integrate those? We currently connect Dropbox up to Zoho project documents so we can access these offline if needed (and also because viewing documents, particuarly spreadsheets, online isn’t that easy) but we would love to integrate Sharepoint in this way if that can be done?

  2. MCTSexams

    wow it is very interesting!! thanks Zoho

  3. MCTSexams

    wow it is very interesting!! thanks Zoho

  4. smilingwilie

    Zoho is primarily about working online,Microsoft SharePoint is ubiquitous in enterprises for content management, but it lacks several advantages that cloud applications like Zoho enjoy.Anyway, have the SharePoint 2007 server installed in Zoho system.More on this…
    Sharepoint Portal

  5. smilingwilie

    Zoho is primarily about working online,Microsoft SharePoint is ubiquitous in enterprises for content management, but it lacks several advantages that cloud applications like Zoho enjoy.Anyway, have the SharePoint 2007 server installed in Zoho system.More on this…
    Sharepoint Portal

  6. Jagannath

    Hi Jason,1. We are constantly working on improving document formatting. You will get to see a considerable improvement on this front in our next couple of updates.2. In Zoho Office for SharePoint, the document stays in Zoho only during the time it is opened for viewing or editing inside SharePoint. As soon as the document is closed in SharePoint it is deleted from Zoho. Also when you click save from the Zoho editor, the document is saved inside SharePoint. So you can see the history of who changed what version in SharePoint.Let us know if you need any other information.Thanks,
    Jagannath

  7. Jagannath

    Hi Jason,1. We are constantly working on improving document formatting. You will get to see a considerable improvement on this front in our next couple of updates.2. In Zoho Office for SharePoint, the document stays in Zoho only during the time it is opened for viewing or editing inside SharePoint. As soon as the document is closed in SharePoint it is deleted from Zoho. Also when you click save from the Zoho editor, the document is saved inside SharePoint. So you can see the history of who changed what version in SharePoint.Let us know if you need any other information.Thanks,
    Jagannath

  8. Itto

    Is that the big announcement you were talking about?Thanks.

  9. Itto

    Is that the big announcement you were talking about?Thanks.

  10. jason

    Nice idea.The sweet spot seems to be if you are Microsoft shop enough to have Sharepoint, but not Microsoft shop enough to be planning on adopting Office 2010 (which will have web-based editing).Also:1. you have to be prepared to fix any document formatting which is lost in the Zoho round trip (eg at present, numbering is badly broken in a round trip between Word and Zoho Writer).2. you can’t keep a record in Sharepoint of who changed what whilst the document was in Zoho? I’m presuming all you get back is one new version?

  11. jason

    Nice idea.The sweet spot seems to be if you are Microsoft shop enough to have Sharepoint, but not Microsoft shop enough to be planning on adopting Office 2010 (which will have web-based editing).Also:1. you have to be prepared to fix any document formatting which is lost in the Zoho round trip (eg at present, numbering is badly broken in a round trip between Word and Zoho Writer).2. you can’t keep a record in Sharepoint of who changed what whilst the document was in Zoho? I’m presuming all you get back is one new version?

  12. Jack

    The problem is that IT won’t allow something like that to be installed onto the servers. You need to take an approach where individual users can do that on their own and on their own machines, so when there’s a critical mass of users, that will force IT dept. into supporting it. Also, this will enable you to bring in revenue right away instead of having to go through a longer sales cycle and wait for IT to decide.Use Google’s strategy.. not Microsoft’s strategy. Zoho is not a small business, but it doesn’t have the clout to enter the enterprise just like that.

  13. Jack

    The problem is that IT won’t allow something like that to be installed onto the servers. You need to take an approach where individual users can do that on their own and on their own machines, so when there’s a critical mass of users, that will force IT dept. into supporting it. Also, this will enable you to bring in revenue right away instead of having to go through a longer sales cycle and wait for IT to decide.Use Google’s strategy.. not Microsoft’s strategy. Zoho is not a small business, but it doesn’t have the clout to enter the enterprise just like that.

  14. Jagannath

    Hi Jack,Yes this add-on installation is on the server. The reason why we have it this way is we do not want to install software on each client system. You need to just install the add-on once on the server and all the users can start using it right away from their browsers.Do let us know your views.Regards,
    Jagannath

  15. Jagannath

    Hi Jack,Yes this add-on installation is on the server. The reason why we have it this way is we do not want to install software on each client system. You need to just install the add-on once on the server and all the users can start using it right away from their browsers.Do let us know your views.Regards,
    Jagannath

  16. Jack

    No, I don’t have SharePoint 2007 server installed. I would like to connect to my sharepoint server at work. So this add-on is on the server end and not the client end? If that’s the case, that’s a real bummer..

  17. Jack

    No, I don’t have SharePoint 2007 server installed. I would like to connect to my sharepoint server at work. So this add-on is on the server end and not the client end? If that’s the case, that’s a real bummer..

  18. Jagannath

    Hi Jack,To run the installer you would need the .NET Framework to be installed in your Win7 system. You can download and install ‘Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA’ from the below url#…By the way do you have the SharePoint 2007 server installed in your system.Please try and let us know how it goes.Regards,
    Jagannath
    Zoho Office for Microsoft SharePoint

  19. Jagannath

    Hi Jack,To run the installer you would need the .NET Framework to be installed in your Win7 system. You can download and install ‘Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA’ from the below url#…By the way do you have the SharePoint 2007 server installed in your system.Please try and let us know how it goes.Regards,
    Jagannath
    Zoho Office for Microsoft SharePoint

  20. Jack

    Raju,
    It’s not installing. I’m on Win7RC and it’s throwing an exception. I believe it’s looking for CodePlex.SharepointInstaller? CLR 2.0 perhaps? Can you post the links to required files to get this running?
    Thanks.

  21. Jack

    Raju,
    It’s not installing. I’m on Win7RC and it’s throwing an exception. I believe it’s looking for CodePlex.SharepointInstaller? CLR 2.0 perhaps? Can you post the links to required files to get this running?
    Thanks.