An odd one out on the list, simply because Zoho isn’t really the solution you’d expect to include a basic productivity suite – but in fact the enormous suite of tools they have now had a starting point in a cloud-based web app word processor called Writer, back in 2005.
If you need a web-based option for word processing, spreadsheets or presentations that is not Office 365 or G Suite, Zoho has a decent set of basic apps which could help.
While the focus of Zoho’s suite is no longer on the basic three packages of a productivity suite (but rather on the multitude of additional components offered by them as cloud-based software) they do still offer the three basic packages you’d expect to find. With the strong security and speedy cloud collaboration tools forming the backbone of their system, this particular suite is great for users who want to collaborate in real time with their colleagues, and share their documents with teams, without compromising on the security of their documents.
These basic apps also integrate with Zoho’s multitude of other software services, including CRM and Sales apps such as procurement, tracking, social media and customer engagement tools, collaboration and team-based working, and analytics tools, accounting and automation software, to name but a few.
Many of their apps are also designed to work alongside Office 365 through plugins and integrations if you choose to use Zoho for its other advanced features, too.
Here’s their list of software categories:
The best part is that Zoho has a free version, which – although limited to 3 users and providing limited access to their tools – can easily give a good overview of what this system is capable of, if you are looking to try before you buy. This means for some very small businesses and light users, their tools may be completely free of charge – it’s a pretty extensive list of software, too. Look out for more details on Zoho in the future!