Zoho Docs vs iWork

Zoho Docs
Zoho Docs is a central document repository for all types of documents. Store and share files securely and access them anywhere anytime. Zoho Docs provides a Online Workspace for documents. It makes file sharing easy and Collaborate with your friends, team members, colleagues, etc on multiple documents. Manage your document review process by creating and maintaining multiple versions of a document.
iWork has always been the best way to be productive on the Mac. And iWork for iOS made it easy to create beautiful documents on iPad and iPhone. With iWork for iCloud we’re bringing Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to the web — on Mac and PC. And thanks to iCloud, your work is always up to date on all your devices. It’s easy to work with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.

Latest news about Zoho Docs and iWork:

21.04.17. Apple makes iWork free. Apple rolled out updated versions of its iWork suite, making it free for all customers on both platforms. Many customers already had free copies of these apps, as they came free with new Mac or iOS devices. The pricing change, however, removes the requirement to have bought new Apple hardware to get the apps for free. This expands the apps’ reach to anyone using Apple devices, even if they never bought new or are using older devices. iWork is actually a suite of productivity apps — Numbers, Keynote and Pages — meant to rival Microsoft Office and Google Docs.  Prior to the price change, the Mac versions of the iWork apps were $19.99 and the iOS versions were $9.99 apiece for those customers who hadn’t bought a new device in the past few years.

08.09.16. Apple iWork adds real-time collaboration. Apple takes on Google Documents with real-time collaboration on iWork documents. The long-awaited feature makes it easier to cooperate and create documents on the fly. Users can collaborate on images, text and everything else across the iWork suite, including on the mac, iPad, iPhone and on the web. All the iWork apps – Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Aimed at students, professional setting and other collaborative efforts, it’s a long overdue addition to Apple’s productivity suite. The updated apps are expected to ship imminently.

22.07.16. Zoho takes on Microsoft Word again. Zoho launched all-new re-imagined word processing app Zoho Writer that brings the idea of creating tools that flow with your style of work, instead of forcing their style on you. The new UI follows the life cycle of a document with the help of modes. Compose mode gives  you the most space to jot down your thoughts. Create and edit your documents with contextually placed tools that cut through the clutter. Review mode lets you work with others through real-time collaboration and editing tools. Distribute mode offers the tools needed to finalize and circulate your document. Other new features include Access Receipts, WordPress integration, e-Signature Support, Lock Selected Content.

14.02.15. Apple makes iWork for iCloud beta free on Windows, Linux, Chrome OS. From now anyone can sign up for and use Apple’s iWork for iCloud, even if they don’t have a Mac or iOS device. The open access is actually in beta, so to use it, you’ll have to head over to beta.icloud.com. Previously, if you visited the beta site for iCloud, you had to do so from Apple hardware to create a new Apple ID. The key change here is that now you don’t need a Mac, iPhone or iPad to create that ID, which is your golden ticket to the iWork suite of Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Browsing to the iCloud beta site from a Microsoft Windows PC, Linux box, or Google Chromebook, for example, now lets you create your Apple ID, which can be any valid email address. Signing up for the Apple ID from non-Apple hardware will also net you 1GB of free iCloud storage for documents and data.

21.10.14. Zoho Docs for Android improves file management, adds offline mode. Zoho Docs app version 2.5 for Android, (according to Zoho) is designed to take document management to the next level. Now you can share documents to and from any installed application in your phone instantly. With just a few clicks you can select the file you want to share and choose from the list of installed apps in your phone and share right away. You can also arrange files in folders on your smartphone. With the Move option, you can now easily transfer files from one folder to another and stay organized. You can also sort your documents based on name, last opened or modified details. Other new features include Cloud Print support, easy search, ability to add comments to a document on the go, offline access.

15.08.14. Zoho Writer adds change tracking feature. Zoho Writer, the online document editor of Zoho Docs adds new feature - Track Changes, that enables the user to keep track of all the changes made to a specific document. It also allows you to accept or reject the changes made to the document. This powerful tool makes the process of commenting, editing and rewriting an easy communication process between you and your collaborators. With Track Changes turned on, every change you make to the document appears as a colored markup. It highlights each insertion, deletion, formatting change, or comment that has been made by the collaborators. You can selectively accept the edits and discard the ones that doesn’t seem appropriate.

23.04.14. Zoho allows to edit Word docs on iPad for free. Seeing the success of MS Office for iPad, Zoho developers decided to release the own document editor Zoho Writer для iPad. Unlike Microsoft's app, which allows only view documents for free, Zoho Writer is absolutely free, and judging by the reviews it easily copes with complicated documents (with tables, lists, styles, pictures, etc. ) . Documents can be stored either in Dropbox or in Zoho's own file storage Zoho Docs. The app supports offline mode and external keyboard. However, it doesn't support real-time collaboration that is available in the online version of Zoho Writer.

27.01.14. Google, Microsoft and Apple refreshed their online office apps. These are not very important updates, but we thought why not remind you once again that online office apps exist, develop and you may well use them instead of paid Word, Excel and PowerPoint. So, Google updated its spreadsheets (watch video above). Now they work faster, even with a very-very large documents. There are new filters and functions, as well as the ability to work offline in the Chrome browser (just like it works for text documents and presentations). As for Microsoft, they mainly worked to redesign their Office Web Apps. The interface became more flat (like in Outlook.com) and more comfortable thanks to the updated toolbar. And the notebook app OneNote for Android has become like Evernote (watch video below):

2013. New Free iWork allows to collaborate in real time. Today Apple has introduced new versions of its tablets iPad Air, iPad Mini and laptops MacBook Air, MacBook Pro. As usually, they all become thinner, faster and even slightly cheaper. But there are two more interesting news that were announced at the presentation. First - is that Apple's office suite iWork adds real time collaboration feature. It works via iWork for iCloud, so it allows even interaction between Apple computer and PC. Of course, meanwhile iWork (and in particular its collaboration tools) - are far behind MS Office and Google Docs, but for Apple users it's still a useful thing. Another interesting news - is that Apples's software (including iWork and operating system OS X Mavericks) is now available for free. All Mac OS users can get the latest version of the operating system for free, and if you buy iPhone, iPad or Mac - you get the free iWork. Of course, this can be called innovation, but from the other side - Apple can always include the cost of its software to the price of the hardware.

2013. Zoho Docs adds desktop synchronization, more free gigabytes. We already started to worry, why Zoho don't create its own file syncing service (Dropbox for business). And finally, it happened. Like Google, Zoho added the ability to sync files to their cloud document storage Zoho Docs. So far they released only desktops-agents (for Windows, Mac, Linux), but mobile apps are probably also coming soon. As usual, you create a folder on your desktop and when you add/save a file to this folder, it's synced to your online account. And in the online version of Zoho Docs, you can select the folders you want to sync with the desktop. In addition, Zoho (following Box) significantly reduced the price of cloud gigabytes. Now the free Zoho Docs account (for unlimited users) includes 5 GB. And the paid account for 250 GB - costs 5$ per user per month. Recall that the cheapest Box account also costs $5/user/month but it offers only 100 GB.

2013. Apple launches iWork for iCloud. Historically Apple doesn't like to build business applications, but Office - is still an important part of the platform and competitors (Microsoft and Google) got far ahead in this aspect. So Apple decided to fix, perhaps, the main drawback of its office suite - the absence of online version. In June, at the WWDC conference Apple officially introduced iWork for iCloud and now the online apps Pages, Numbers and Keynote are available to all in the iCloud online accounts (in beta). However, at the moment, these editors can only bring a smile for MS Office and Google Docs users. For example, the text editor Pages even doesn't allow to add tables and spell check works only in English. There are no collaboration tools. But the good news is that you can upload and edit MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents (and formatting sometimes isn't corrupted) and download documents in MS Office formats and PDF.

2013. Zoho Docs 3.0: just to remind. Zoho Docs - is perhaps the oldest online office suite. For many years this service was the most functional and comfortable on the market. But its early launch and very fast development don't give it any advantage any more. The online document editors - is a battle field for Microsoft and Google. And Zoho is now an odd player that doesn't sell to Salesforce or anybody else because of its corporate values. Playing catch up with each other Microsoft and Google have already caught up with Zoho apps (if compared in features) and yesterday's launch of Zoho Docs 3.0 had nothing to impress, but just reminded that Zoho Docs is still up and running. Sharing files as a link, transferring ownership of a document, multiple admins for a workspace - these are not game-changing things. Perhaps the only remaining advantage of Zoho Docs - is the ability to assign tasks and reminders to documents.

2012. Zoho will work on top of the Google Drive. Looks like guys from Zoho are not going to create their own file storage and syncing service. Instead, they will use the product of their "friends" from Google - Google Drive. Yesterday, Zoho has launched the integration of its office suite (Writer, Sheet and Show) with Google Drive, which lets you open documents stored on Google Drive in these online Zoho apps. You just need to install Zoho editors from the Chrome Web Store, and then the integration will be enabled not only in Chrome, but in all other browsers. This integration demonstrates the potential of Google Drive as a cloud storage for third-party apps. Various project management systems, CRM, intranet solutions can use Google Drive as an external storage, which also enables file access on any mobile platform. And the third-party developers can be assured in Google's decency, because even competing Zoho apps passed the moderation.

2010. Zoho Search - unified search for online office. We have become accustomed to the fact that Zoho is mainly a step ahead of Google Apps. But today's Zoho new feature is especially insulting for Google. It is Zoho, but not the search giant, who is first to deploy the unified search in the online office. Zoho Search indexes data from Zoho Mail, Docs, Writer, Sheet, Show, Notebook, Discussions, Contacts and allows you to find all the contextual results for any request from those sources. The search results can be filtered by application or date range. Found emails and documents can be opened directly on the search portal, without opening the appropriate service. Besides. directly in the search results you do different actions - for instance, reply to an email. Meanwhile Zoho Search works only as a separate service (with an interface very similar to google.com). But soon the universal search box will appear in all the suite apps.

Zoho Docs
2009. Zoho integrates Google Docs into CRM, Projects and Email. Still, Google should think about buying Zoho. And not in order to get rid of the competitor or to utilize Zoho services, but to attract this Indian developers team that can create 10 updates, while Google's team is working on one. For example, today in Zoho integrated Google Docs into its online services. No you can upload documents from Google Docs to Zoho Docs, attach documents from Google Docs to the records in Zoho CRM and Zoho Projects, view them in the Zoho editors and send Google documents in Zoho Mail emails. Why Google has not still implemented the ability to attach their documents to emails in GMail, and pages in Google Sites - it's not clear. Why Zoho integrates Zoho Docs, though its own document editors are even better - it's quite reasonable.