Google, I think you’ve met your match.
Understand, I like Google. I’ve long had a Gadget Crush on the Tmobile G1 phone. I know it’s not an iPhone, but the potential of this gizmo blows me away, even if that potential is yet unrealized. I like Google Docs and love Google Calendar…but I think I’m finding a better way.
Two weeks ago, a friend clued me in to Zoho.com.
Zoho is like Google Apps on steroids. You get online spreadsheets, presentations, database creators, file storage, and a host of things that I’m still figuring out, but allow me to do things like the online sign up form linked at the right to add you to our family eNewsletter list. In face, just go there and sign up now. Oh, and Zoho includes the Zoho word processor that rocks me like a hurricane.
Hear me. There is life after Microsoft, people. I jettisoned Word for Mac entirely about six months ago, replacing it with NeoOffice and Bean. I use NeoOffice for heavier projects and Bean for quick notes. Both are free applications that easily allow me to open files and save them as Word docs. If you work with me, you’ve probably already received files labeled .doc that never saw the evil code of Microsoft until they hit your machine.
As of late, I’ve been fascinated with going completely online with my documents. I can imagine a day down the road when I have a horse of a desktop for big things, but travel with a netbook running Ubuntu. Once my laptop croaks, the Dell Mini 9 looks pretty good at less than $400. Committing to this route means needing to edit documents stored on the web. For this alone, Zoho beats Google docs hands down, so many ways that to explain it all would take another thousand words (maybe I could draw a picture?)
The only downside I’ve found (and there’s probably a workaround…) is my inability to integrate the ubiquitous gMail. Zoho can beat Google at word processing and data management, but it’s hard to imagine beating Google at it’s killer app – email. Once I can figure out how to email documents links from within Zoho but avoiding using the zoho.com mail, I’m a total convert.
D’oh. I just found out how to do it….aaaah! This is awesome….
Sorry. Non geeky posts will now resume.
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