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Zoho Personal

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Published 04/04/2010 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Take many basic tasks that can be done on a desktop pc and move them to an online environment and you have Zoho Personal. This colorful website offers users a single go-to location to complete a long list of organizational tasks, from budgeting and scheduling to document management and email sending. Users can access their important documents and information from any location with an internet connection simply by logging into their Zoho Personal account.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Zoho has a decorated history, winning the 2007 TechCrunch “Best Enterprise Start-up” award, the 2008 PC World “25 Most Innovative Products Award” as well as the 2009 InfoWorld “Product of the Year” award. Throughout the site’s expansion, Zoho has increased its capabilities and flexibility for users. Today, 22 online applications can be accessed through a Zoho Personal account.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many of the features offered through Zoho Personal sound mundane. These are task that can generally be done on almost any desktop pc. What makes this application unique is the way it has integrated all these features into a single location accessible on the internet. Users can change, add and access documents, schedules, and anything else maintained on Zoho without worrying about gaining access to their home or work computers. Plus, rather than maintaining multiple accounts through different applications, Zoho acts like a single go-to source for everything.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The menu and site layout of Zoho Personal offers an attractive combination of color and cleanliness. Locating the right feature is easy to do using the bold menu options and eye-catching icons. However, it avoids overdoing it by providing just a hint of pleasantly bright color. Even the playful logo seems to provide a look at what to expect after logging in. The account page presents users with two main areas, the first offering access to services and features, the other providing easy to find account controls and settings. Groups and individual profiles can also be managed, all from the main account page.

How does the registration process work?

After clicking on the sign up link, new users can easily make a Zoho account. Enter a username, valid email address, and password. Like many other applications, Zoho requires email verification, however the message is sent relatively quickly so there is little downtime during account creation. After verification, users will be asked to enter their password again to gain access to their account. Once the account is made, users can decide how many personal details they wish to include in their profile. Name, contact details, gender, and a photo can be added, however none are required.

What does it cost to use the application?

Zoho Personal offers a wide selection when it comes to account type. Users can choose from five account options which includes free, basic, standard, team and business. Each account type has access to all Zoho features. The only exception being the custom domain name feature is missing from free accounts. Everything else is limited, but accessible. Paid accounts start as low as $12 and go as high as $80, which offers plenty of flexibility when budgeting account fees.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Zoho Personal is especially attractive to individuals who travel frequently and have limited access to a home computer. Businesses and organizations can easily manage documents, budgeting, and update schedules from anywhere with an internet connection. Even when used for personal organization, Zoho can help tremendously. Rather than waiting until you arrive home again, log on and access files or update schedules.

  • Custom domain names for paid accounts
  • Zip backup feature offered for all account types
  • Access controls that allow users to manage and block IP addresses
  • Web based email service
  • Web conferencing and instant chat features to help users get in touch, even when they are away.
  • Online project management which allows users to collaborate and schedule important project dates
  • Identity and activity management that allows users to review past and current usage


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