Zoho Goes Mobile, But I'm Still Waiting For the First Great Web-Based Office Suite for Phones

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Zoho Mobile LogoZoho–also known as the little company that takes on Google in the world of Web-based productivity, and sometimes outdoes it–has released a new version of its Zoho Mobile service for phones today. As usual with Zoho, it’s ambitious: The new version works on iPhones, BlackBerries, Android phones, Symbian phones, and Windows Mobile ones, and provides access to the service’s mail, calendar, word processor, spreadsheet, presentation package, and database. Here’s Zoho’s blog post on the news; the suite itself resides at m.zoho.com.

I tried Zoho Mobile this morning on my iPhone, and ran into multiple glitches: The e-mail and word processor looked good, but I couldn’t get spreadsheets or presentations to load properly. And the calendar’s “Quick Add” feature for entering appointments didn’t work. (Actually, I can’t get it to work on my notebook, either.) I just dropped a note to Zoho to see if the company knows what’s up.

Doing productivity well on a phone remains one of the larger challenges in software: I can’t get Google’s iPhone version of Google Docs’ presentations app to work either, and have problems with its spreadsheet, too. And neither Zoho nor Google offers full-blown editing of word-processing documents and spreadsheets in mobile form. (Google does provide some rudimentary editing in its spreadsheet, with an oddball user interface.)

In other words, I’m still waiting for the first great Web-based suite I can use on my iPhone. I’m sure it’ll come along–and Zoho and Google are the two primary candidates to make it happen. But both Zoho Mobile and Google Docs still feel experimental at this point.


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Sathish Rajagopalan Says:

    Hi Harry,

    Thanks for trying Zoho Mobile and writing about it. Sorry that you ran into some glitches using our service. We’ll look into any issues and fix them as required. Will keep you posted on our findings asap.

    Once again, regret the inconvenience.

    Sathish Rajagopalan
    Zoho Mobile Team

  2. Matt Says:

    I’ve always liked ThinkFree Office. They have a “mobile” version but it’s for netbooks not phones.

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