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Friday, September 07, 2007

A New Category for Zoho - Zoho Business

Zoho announced a new category for Zoho - Zoho Business. The powerful new offering for small and medium-sized businesses that takes working online to the next level of productivity. Zoho Business combines user management and an integrated suite of applications and services with Zoho' s hallmark ease-of-use and affordability. The result is a secure, business ready solution that enables organizations to thrive in increasingly competitive times

"As you know, Zoho has a broad set of applications for individuals and business users and today we are categorizing them as we define our business model. To start with, Zoho Applications will be categorized into two -Zoho Personal & Zoho Business." said Raju Vegesna.

Zoho Personal is what Zoho offers today for individuals which free for all users.

Zoho Business (ZB)
is the new category for businesses. Zoho Business brings multiple Zoho applications under a single roof and provide an administration console to manage users, domains, groups etc. This is the first step of Zoho to be the IT Department for SMBs .

When you sign up for a Zoho Business account, you’ll be the super administrator for your business. You can add multiple locations and administrators. You can also customize the applications by providing your own logo; point your sub-domains to the customized applications, say writer.yourdomainname.com can point to Zoho Writer).

ZB will be available in two versions - Free & Pro. Below are some of the highlights of Zoho Business.

Zoho Business will offer:
  • Single sign on across applications
  • Company level administration console
  • Multiple levels of security including SSL
  • Telephone support
  • Remote back-up
  • Document and data storage management self service
  • Co-branding
Zoho Business will include the following applications :
  • Writer, Sheet, Show
  • Wiki, Planner, Notebook
  • Chat, Mail, Calendar
  • Start Page, Domain management
  • more..
Zoho Business will be available in private beta currently. It'll step into public beta next month and will go GA during the first quarter for next year. The pricing for ZB (not finalized yet) will be around $40/user/year.

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