Its official now. Web2.0 has arrived in India and Indian companies are making their presence felt on the world Web2.0 map. For Zoho, the Chennai based startup behind the Zoho suite of weboffice products, has been named amongst the 23 of the most innovative Web 2.0 websites developed in countries other than the USA, in the August issue of the influential Business2.0 magazine.
This is what the article has to say about Zoho (Writer)-
“Like Writely.com, a service recently purchased by Google, Zoho is going head-to-head with Microsoft Word by building word processing into your browser. Zoho Writer lets you export and import Word documents from your PC or create new ones online and share them with anyone. Zoho also offers Zoho Sheet, an online spreadsheet and Zoho Planner, a to-do list that can be shared by groups.”
The Business 2.0 article isnâ€™t online yet, but you can view it via Olive ActiveMagazine (pg 106).
This is a great news for the Indian Web2.0 community in general and for Zohoâ€™s Chennai based development team in particular. I bumped into the Zoho team at BarCampChennai (in April earlier this year) and interacted with Arvind, Ranjit and others.
Iâ€™m sure you have heard of Zoho earlier. Zoho is an excellent suite of weboffice products, that has been created by an Indian web development company called AdventNet. The company has its HQ in the USA but its entire product development is based out of Chennai. Their products include Zoho Writer (online word processor), Zoho Sheet (online spreadsheet), Zoho Planner (online To-Do list), Zoho Show (online presentations), Zoho Virtual Office, Zoho Creator & Zoho Polls. I have read many reviews that vouch for the superiority of Zoho Writer and Zoho Sheet as compared to Googleâ€™s corresponding products, Writely & Google Spreadsheet. Arvind has informed me that the most successful product till date is the Zoho Writer, which was launched in Sep2005.
Considering the fact that weboffice products are at the bleeding edge of Web2.0 and are considered by many to be the final death knell for Microsoftâ€™s PC era, it is great to see an Indian company leading the charge on this front.
Congratulations to the entire Zoho team at Chennai.