May 01, 2012

How good of a productivity suite is Zoho?

I've been using Google Docs for a few years, but I've never really warmed up the the word processor. I was thinking of switching to Open Office, but a colleague suggested Zoho. I've never used it, and was wondering how it stacks up.  I'm always up for trying something new, but I don't want to waste my time if it takes a lot of time to learn only to find out it is a crummy product. So, how does Zoho compare to Docs and Open Office?


I use Docs mostly because it is integrated with all of the other Google products I use regularly, but Zoho is good too.  Docs does support more file types which can be important, depending on what you do.  For instance, AutoCad files are not supported in Zoho, which could occasionally be an issue for me.   Mobile apps for Android are also superior for Docs, which is not surprising since it IS a Google product.  Zoho is slightly better at MS Office integration, but not so much that it makes a huge difference. 


Really, both Zoho and Docs are pretty decent, and I think they are essentially comparable in use.  Other than the couple of areas I mentioned, nothing really stands out to me that makes one better than the other.  

Here's an article that compares Google Docs and Zoho Office. You might find it useful.

Comparing Online Office Suites: Google Docs vs. Zoho Office

"Overall, I feel both products have their strengths and weaknesses. I use them both for different purposes. Google Docs is faster, cleaner, and integrates better with users that are heavily involved with Google products. Zoho Office is a more traditional office suite that has a nice array of products, a great Dashboard, and integrates with Microsoft Office better than Google does. "
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