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Zoho Connect Now Extends Collaboration Beyond Corporate Walls, Offers New Pricing Plan

Zoho today announced a range of new features and a new, two-tiered pricing plan for Zoho Connect, its social workplace that centralizes people and information. New features include external networks, chat rooms, events, active directory integration, network analytics and customization.

Zoho is demonstrating the new features of Zoho Connect at the Zoholics: Productivity & Collaboration event being held August 25-26, 2014, in Pleasanton, Calif.

“The first version of Zoho Connect was designed as a private social network to collaborate with people within an organization. With the introduction of external networks, we are extending the collaboration capabilities of Zoho Connect beyond the company. Businesses now can effectively collaborate with partners, vendors, customers and external stakeholders through external networks,” said Raju Vegesna, Zoho evangelist. “As we pack Zoho Connect with several useful features, we are also enhancing the free edition and simplifying the pricing of our paid edition.”

The new external networks in Zoho Connect encourage seamless interaction between employees and teams with partners, vendors and external stakeholders. By involving external stakeholders, you can get better insights and speed up business decisions. Additional new features of Zoho Connect include:

  • Active Directory Integration – Log in to Zoho Connect with existing organization credentials through Active Directory. This provides significant advantages to end users by increasing convenience and efficiency while improving access and boosting user adoption.
  • Chat Rooms – Makes team communication more focused and actionable, with real-time group discussions.
  • Events – Lets users stay up to date by creating events, sending invites and tracking RSVPs. Users can also take advantage of a built-in integration with Eventbrite that allows them to create a social network for event attendees to collaborate before, during and after the event.
  • Network Analytics – Enables the network administrator to measure the overall health of the network and provides insight into how users engage, using leaderboards and activity charts.
  • Customization – Customize the Zoho Connect network to match the company brand with headers and footers.

Pricing and Availability

Zoho Connect now comes with an enhanced free plan and a flat $49/network/month priced enterprise plan with unlimited users. Private groups are now included in the free plan. The enterprise plan includes unlimited groups, apps and chat rooms; 100 GB of shared storage; multiple admins; moderation; custom domain; header and footer customization capabilities and Active Directory sync. This straightforward, two-tier pricing structure makes Zoho Connect the industry’s simplest and most affordable option. Visit https://www.zoho.com/connect/signup.html to sign up for Zoho Connect.

For more information on Zoho Connect, please visit http://www.zoho.com/connect. For more information on Zoho, visit http://www.zoho.com. To get breaking Zoho news, follow the company on Twitter at @zoho and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/zoho. The latest news about Zoho products is available on the company blog, http://blogs.zoho.com.

Additional Zoho Resources

Zoho news releases: http://www.zoho.com/in-the-news.html
Zoho videos: http://youtube.com/zoho
Zoho blogs: http://blogs.zoho.com
Zoho on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/zoho
Zoho on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zoho

About Zoho

Zoho is a comprehensive suite of online productivity, collaboration and business applications for businesses of all sizes. Over ten million users rely on Zoho apps. Zoho’s productivity and collaboration applications include Email Hosting, Document Management, Office Suite, Project Management and more alongside a host of business applications ranging from CRM and Campaign Management to Customer Support, Accounting and more. These applications are offered directly via Zoho.com or through hundreds of partners in the Zoho Partner Network. For more information about Zoho, please visit http://www.zoho.com/.

Zoho is a division of Zoho Corp., a privately-held and profitable company. With U.S. headquarters in Pleasanton, CA and offices in Austin, Chennai, London, Tokyo and Beijing, Zoho Corp. serves the technology needs of millions of customers worldwide. For more information about Zoho Corp., please visit http://www.zohocorp.com.

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