Zoho Mail launches with mobile and offline options
Posted on 14-Oct-2008 13:21.
Filed under: News
Zoho is introducing Zoho Mail, the company’s web-based email service, which includes offline access and mobile device support.
“Zoho Mail is an important application for Zoho as it plays a pivotal role in the evolution of our productivity, collaboration and business applications,” said Raju Vegesna, Zoho evangelist. “For an application like Mail, offline and mobile support are key. We wanted to offer these features right out of the gate.”
According to the company the service plays a pivotal role in the Zoho suite, hence the application's extended period as a private beta release.
The service is freely available through the browser and highlights include:
- Hierarchical folders and labels. Users have a choice of which technique — hierarchical folders or labels — they would like to manage their email.
- Serial and conversational email listings. Zoho Mail gives users the option of displaying their email in either serial (e.g., Outlook) or conversational lists (e.g., Gmail). In conversational mode, responses are listed hierarchically to display who responded to whom.
- Unlimited Storage. Zoho Mail provides limitless storage capacity for businesses and consumers.
- Zoho Chat. For users who live in their email application, Zoho Mail integrates the same version of Zoho Chat found in Zoho Business, Zoho Docs, and other Zoho applications.
- Zoho productivity suite. Users can open their word processing documents, spreadsheets, and other email attachments with the appropriate, integrated Zoho applications.
Zoho relies on Google Gears to make Zoho Mail available offline, so users need Gears installed locally to enable offline functionality using Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari web browsers. When users click the “setup offline” link, they will be prompted to install Gears if it is not detected on the local machine.
During initial set up, Zoho Mail Offline downloads up to 250 email messages along with the user’s folder structure to give users the same interface and experience whether they are working offline or online. After initial configuration, users can download up to 5,000 emails, including attachments, into their inbox, sent, and other folders.
Users who don’t want to maintain local copies of their Zoho Mail emails can completely remove their offline storage from their local machine at any time. Users also have the option of placing a Zoho Mail icon on their desktop, so Zoho Mail can be launched like any other local application.
Users can read and write email in offline mode. When users send email while offline, the email is saved in the outbox. Once Zoho Mail returns to online mode, these emails are sent out automatically.
Zoho Mail automatically switches between online and offline mode based on the availability of a network connection. Users do not need to take any action. However, when the available network connection is slow or unreliable, users can choose to enter offline mode by clicking the “work offline” link or the Zoho Mail desktop icon.
Zoho Mail also offers online, mobile access via support for the Apple iPhone. Zoho has optimized the Zoho Mail interface for the iPhone’s Safari browser, delivering the complete Zoho Mail feature set while the iPhone has a cellular or WiFi network connection.