Sunday, February 22, 2009

Web-based productivity applications: Interesting, but of limited use to me

As directed in Thing 18, I tried to use Zoho Writer, but there was something wrong with it. No toolbars appeared and there was no option to save the document. I tried Zoho (Spread)Sheet, which worked a lot better as a very simple spreadsheet. I also tried the Zoho Show, which seemed like a dumbed-down and temperamental PowerPoint. (Not that PowerPoint can't be temperamental, too.)

I guess the best feature is document sharing, although I don't know with whom I would collaborate with enough gusto to warrant use of these web-based productivity applications. My serious collaboration happens inside the firewall, where Microsoft reigns supreme.

Therefore, I have no real use for Zoho, as I am covered inside the firewall and, outside the firewall, there are so many other ways to share information with friends: Facebook, Blogs, etc. However, it's nice to know about. One never knows what the future will hold!

BTW, I am writing this in and publishing this post from Google Docs because of my difficulties with Zoho. I suspect I would be more likely to use Google for this type of thing than Zoho anyway; it's just easier and, in my mind, a very trustworthy tool.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle,

Sorry about the issue faced by you.

Believe you were accessing your documents in view-only mode from Zoho Docs and that could be the reason for the toolbar not showing up.

Can you please try accessing Zoho Writer directly from the url : "" and let us know your observations.

Do send us the browser details and screenshot of the Writer UI to support(at)zohowriter(dot)com, in case the issue continues to persist.

Warm Regards,