Microsoft takes on Google Apps, finally launches Office 365

Microsoft has now launched Office 365, its suite of collaboration and office tools that aims to take on Google Apps for Business. But with a product that costs more than Google’s offering and is coming much later to market, will Office 365 be a success?

Primadesk Wants to Be a File Manager for the Cloud

The proliferation of cloud storage providers has led to many of us storing our documents in a variety of different locations: Google Docs, Zoho, Dropbox, Box.net, etc. Primadesk is an app that wants to be a desktop file manager for the cloud.

25 Apps for the Virtual Worker’s Toolkit

Working remotely means not having the easy access to the machines and systems you used to when you were cubicle-bound. Here’s a list of five basic categories of tools you should have at the ready, and a variety of options to consider for each category.

Integrated Online Accounting and Bookkeeping With Zoho Books

Zoho, a provider of an extensive suite of 26 web applications, many of which we’ve written about previously, is now offering a bookkeeping and accounting system called Zoho Books. It will compete with online business accounting systems like LessAccounting and QuickBooks Online.

Startups Aim to Chip Away at the Microsoft Office Empire

It was only a few years ago that Microsoft was dismissing SaaS and remaining silent about cloud computing in general. Disruption at the software layer is showing why Microsoft has concentrated heavily on the Azure infrastructure and platform plays. So what’s happening at a software level?

Zoho Show Update Adds Slide Transitions and Publishing Enhancements

Zoho recently launched an update to Zoho Show, its online presentations tool. This new update ups the game against SlideRocket, Google Docs, Acrobat.com Presentations, and the soon-to-launch Microsoft PowerPoint Web App by adding 30 slide transitions, and improved import and export of PowerPoint presentations.

Zoho Adds Facebook Connect Support

Zoho today announced support for Facebook Connect, which means you can now access its entire suite of applications using your Facebook account. If you don’t already have a Zoho account, then you can sign up with your Facebook ID.

Google Apps Adds Groups

Google Apps (s goog), the suite of productivity applications that’s a favorite of WWD, has had Groups, a discussion group application, added to its array of tools. In addition to providing email using your own domain, Google Apps offers a number of ways for businesses and organizations to collaborate, including Docs, Spreadsheets, Calendars and over 20 other applications. But competitors like Zoho have had discussion groups for some time, so Google definitely needed to catch up.

The Google Apps version of Google Groups looks much like the public version of Groups that can be used by anyone. It has a plain but functional interface. However, groups created through Google Apps can be branded with an organization’s logo, and can be administered through the Google Apps dashboard to, for example, make Groups visible only to those with email addresses from the organization.

This new feature is not available in the free Standard Edition of Google Apps. To get access to Groups, you must purchase Google Apps Premier Edition, which costs $50 per user per year (a free 30-day trial is available). Groups are also available to users of Google Apps Education Edition, which, despite the name, is available to any registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the U.S., as well as to schools. The Premier Edition also offers video hosting through Google Video, technical support, uptime guarantees, email archiving, and other features.

Do you use Google Apps? Will the addition of Groups enhance your collaboration abilities?