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Zoho Buzz I Issue #8 I July 2020

We're back with your monthly dose of Zoho news. We are constantly engineering new ways to assist businesses in their journeys, be they remote or brick and mortar. Read on to learn more about our rural initiatives, plus get blogs, tips and tricks for our products, articles from our C-Suite, and other resources we've put out the past few weeks.

The Zoho Experiment

Zoho Writer went from a word processor to a work processor

Zoho Writer's biggest update of the year is here. We launched Zoho Writer in 2005 as our first SaaS app. Fifteen years later, we are still keeping the innovations coming.

Zoho Writer 6

With this release, Writer has gone beyond words to become a work processor; we've added new analytics tools that provide engagement insights, intelligent templates for automating work, fillable documents to replace PDF forms, and more. These updates are sure to make collaboration smoother. We think we outdid ourselves; hopefully you'll agree. Get processing

In the news: The Zoho Experiment

Previously, we've talked about our "rural revival" initiative. That vision is now becoming a reality as we experiment with opening satellite offices to house 10-20 employees. Zoho's CEO, Sridhar Vembu, recently appeared in a Forbes India cover story to discuss this initiative. As mentioned in the article, we already have two smaller offices in rural areas of India, but we are now expanding our programs to find and train local talent, build offices in even the smallest of villages, and be able to make a meaningful impact on the communities where we live.

Sridhar in a rural Indian village

Sridhar is leading by example, and believes that this experiment is already paying off. In late 2019, he moved from his home—near our Pleasanton, California office—to live full-time in a rural Indian village. Since then, he's developed a passion for agriculture and teaching, spending time each day on activities that directly benefit his local community. In an interview by YourStory, Sridhar expands on the idea of working in rural communities:

Sridhar's quote

We're also planning to adopt this model in Mexico (Queretaro), the US (Austin, Texas already features a farm office!), and Japan. Hopefully other corporations take note and enrich rural communities by opening satellite offices and enabling permanent remote work.

Zoho's event experience: Our transition to virtual events

At Zoho, we love actively engaging with our community, users, and prospects through face to face events throughout the year. With COVID-19, it's no surprise that these events are being canceled for the foreseeable future. So how are businesses supposed to replace these in-person experiences?

Zoho's switch to virtual

Well, because Zoho runs on Zoho: our apps have helped us make the switch. Since March, we have hosted many virtual events, ranging from webinars to virtual one-on-one meetings to panels with Zoho experts. We even hosted our first-ever virtual press conference on Zoho Meeting and are using it to host at least two online events each week. Learn how we've made the switch

Keep up with the latest product news

Zoho CRM

We've introduced a new way for you to build everlasting customer relationships in CRM's 2020 feature edition. This release helps you use three central pillars — customer insight, experience, and intelligence — to build and maintain relationships.

Zoho Recruit

Introducing a Career Site feature for staffing agencies and corporate HR departments.

Zoho Cliq

We released some remote work features for Cliq, including a check-in/check-out button, availability statuses for collaboration, instant and scheduled video calls, contextual native integrations across all Zoho Apps, and more. What's more, Cliq's Unlimited plan will be available for free through August 31st, 2020.

Zoho Forms

SMS notifications are now supported as responses to specific conditions in Zoho Form. Also, Forms' Date field can now display customized calendars.

Zoho Marketplace

Zoho Marketplace introduced 37 new extensions, including 18 for Zoho CRM. Here's a list of all the new extensions released in the month of June.

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Did you hear?

Zoho Desk was featured in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Engagement Center (CEC), 2020 report! This comes as great recognition of Zoho Desk's impact in helping mid-sized and large organizations around the world run their complex customer service operations.

Thought Leadership

Raju Vegesna, Chief Evangelist, on Diginomica:

How to Upskill Your Workforce at Speed - Here's What Our Data Says

Raju Vegesna, Chief Evangelist, on Futurum:

Confronting the Practice of Adjunct Surveillance – Futurum Tech Podcast Interview Series

Vijay Sundaram, Chief Strategy Officer, on IDG Connect:

C-Suite Career Advice: Vijay Sundaram, Zoho Corporation

A statement about the social unrest in the United States

We'd like to reinforce that Zoho has always stood on the side of equality. We condemn racial injustice and reject all forms of discrimination. No matter your religion, race, sex, orientation, or gender identity, we are committed to serving our global customer base with the respect and dignity every person is entitled to. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Over to you...

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