Zoho and Omnidrive Come Together To Deliver First File Storage and Web-Based Office Suite

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Zoho and Omnidrive have partnered to provide users of Omnidrive storage and sharing the ability to view and create office documents directly on the web. This is the first such product seen from any web storage or application provider and marks the first steps in the beginning of the end for the desktop as we know it.

Zoho, the web application provider, and Omnidrive, the web storage platform, have announced a technology partnership that provides users of the Omnidrive platform the ability to view, edit, share and publish office and other types of documents from directly within Omnidrive using Zoho products. The announcement of the partnership comes at the same time that Zoho and Omnidrive both launch web service API's that will allow other applications to directly integrate and operate with the two platforms.

Users of Omnidrive will be able to double-click on any supported document from within the Omnidrive web interface to directly edit documents using Zoho applications. Omnidrive allows a user to securely store all their files online, and with this partnership users are no longer required to download their documents to view or edit them. The supported Zoho applications include Zoho Write, a word processor, Zoho Sheet, an online spreadsheet and Zoho Show, a web-based presentation editor. The supported document types range from Word documents and HTML pages through to PowerPoint presentations.

The product integration marks the first time that a storage provider and a provider of web office applications have partnered to provide a full desktop-like experience on the web. Omnidrive's ability to aggregate storage and to provide access from anywhere together with the first-class office applications from Zoho combine to form an environment where users can now access, collaborate and publish common files with just a web browser.

Omnidrive and Zoho have beaten Google, Microsoft and many other larger companies to be the first to provide an end-to-end solution for users. From the ability to easily link files from the desktop with Omnidrive, through to the advanced editing capabilities of the Zoho applications, this collaborative effort marks a big step forward for the role of the web in enabling better access, collaboration and sharing of documents. Users of Omnidrive are now able to make an almost transparent switch from a closed desktop-only environment to a web-based work environment from where sharing, web publishing and web publishing are only a single mouse-click away.

Traditionally storing files online has served little purpose other than backup or simple access handled by a web browser. At the same time web applications are now able to closely emulate the desktop experience, but have never been able to easily tap into a users existing files. Omnidrive has bridged this gap by providing an active online storage solution that can read and write to desktop and web applications, allowing users of those applications to easily tap into their existing repository of files that were previously stuck on their desktops.

In this ecosystem of applications Omnidrive plays a central role in aggregating storage for a user and allowing them to link their files from all their different desktops and devices. With the Omnidrive API web developers are able to open up their applications so that users can easily read and write to them with their existing files and content. This new and open way for applications to work with each other is a far cry from the proprietary desktop, as communication between applications is conducted using web services and standards.

In order to further open up the way in which web applications can work with each other and in-turn work with Omnidrive, Zoho and Omnidrive have began to work together on establishing and formalizing a set of standards for application-to-storage communications. The specification will be published in the following weeks, and will allow any web application to tap into a user's storage on Omnidrive or any other web storage provider who supports the interface.

To try out Omnidrive, go to http://www.omnidrive.com and click 'Signup'. To test out the integration with Zoho upload or create a new Word or OpenOffice document using either the web interface or the Windows client and then double-click on it.

About Omnidrive

Omnidrive is a web storage company founded in Australia with offices in Palo Alto, and Trivandrum, India. Omnidrive launched in November of 2006 at the Web 2.0 conference with much critical acclaim and has since grown to become one of the fastest-growing web storage companies.

About AdventNet/Zoho

Founded in 1996, AdventNet delivers cost effective software solutions that meet the technical and implementation challenges of over 10,000 customers and partners worldwide. Its product portfolio is divided into five core areas and brands: Network & Systems Management (ManageEngine(TM)); Security (SecureCentral(TM)); Web-based Collaboration, CRM and Office Productivity (Zoho); Database Search and Migration (SQLOne); and Test Automation tools (QEngine).


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