When Google Drive
was announced, it was clear that the company had every intention of keeping it
closely aligned with its Google Docs office suite. Fortunately for those of you
who aren’t too keen on Docs, Zoho is now offering an alternative.
Thanks to an integration using
Google Chrome extensions, Zoho is able to tap into Google’s cloud storage
service to offer users its Writer, Sheet, and Show products with Google Drive
integration, making it available to all of Zoho’s over 6 million customers.
Many users take umbrage with the fact
that Google forces them to use all of their products in order to access one, as
everything in the suite is so closely integrated. One can click on an
attachment in Gmail that will automatically open with Docs. Likewise, files
saved in the cloud will be automatically saved to Drive. All of this is useful
to a hardcore Google consumer, but for those who don’t necessarily want to use
all of these services, it can be a major annoyance.
The downside to this integration
is that Zoho users will have to access each package separately in the Chrome
Store. Here’s Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet, and Zoho Show.