Zoho and Microsoft Partner to Develop Innovative Business Apps

Companies Unveil New Zoho Books App for Microsoft Phones, Desktops and Tablets

PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zoho today announced that it is partnering with Microsoft on several joint development projects focused on building innovative and useful mobile applications for business workers across the globe. The initial result of this joint development is the launch of Zoho Books for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT in the Microsoft Windows Store. The new edition of Zoho’s online accounting software is optimized for desktop computers and tablets running the Windows operating systems. Users can download Zoho Books for Windows from the Windows Store at http://ow.ly/xy6H3 and http://ow.ly/xy6qG (Windows phone).

“Increasingly, SMBs are looking for ways to simplify their accounting processes. Zoho Books allows businesses to easily manage the money flowing in and out, keep track of customers and invoices, record, monitor and reconcile bank accounts, and much more. It offers SMBs all the functionality they need to make accounting a hassle-free process, and we are pleased to work with Zoho to bring this application to Windows desktops, tablets and phones,” said Joseph Landes, general manager-developer experience and evangelism at Microsoft.

“Zoho and Microsoft see eye-to-eye on the importance of delivering easy-to-use mobile and web apps that help business people work more effectively"

Union of Online and Offline Leaders

As reflected by its Zoho Books delivery, the Zoho-Microsoft partnership is a substantial union. Zoho brings one of the broadest suites of online applications for business, collaboration and productivity. Meanwhile, Microsoft brings its huge base of Windows users and growing Windows Phone and tablet (Surface) users.

Zoho Books for Windows also represents a substantial joint collaboration for the two companies. During the course of the project, Microsoft provided Zoho with training in Windows technology, assistance with application design in the Windows platform and help with application development. With the launch of Zoho Books in the Windows Store, Microsoft is partnering with Zoho in the marketing and promotion of the app.

"Zoho and Microsoft see eye-to-eye on the importance of delivering easy-to-use mobile and web apps that help business people work more effectively," said Sivaramakrishnan Iswaran, director of product management for Zoho’s financial apps. "By combining our suite of industry-leading business apps with Microsoft’s mobile and web platforms, together we will deliver a fluid and highly effective user experience whether you are working on your mobile device or your laptop."

Zoho Books for Windows

With Zoho Books for Windows, Zoho now supports the entire lineup of Microsoft platforms, including Windows Phone mobile devices, Windows 8.1 desktops and Windows RT tablets. Zoho and Microsoft offer users a simple interface that is beautifully designed for freelancers and small business owners to manage their business finances easily. Zoho Books for Windows gives users instant insights about their businesses and helps them stay on top of their cash flow at any time.

Zoho Books for Windows focuses on helping users manage their cash flow and track the income and expenses incurred for their business. Other highlights include:

  • Powerful invoicing features let users track outstanding invoices and customer payments easily.
  • Built-in, multi-currency calculator simplifies international sales, invoices and payments when transactions involve two or more currencies.
  • Expense tracking and categorizing helps business owners identify and curb unnecessary expenditures.
  • Users can snap and upload photos of expense receipts, such as travel tickets or stationary expenses, to their account as well.
  • The address book organizes all customers and their contact information, making it easier to access customer information anytime.

Pricing and Availability

Zoho Books for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT is available immediately to download for free from the Windows Store at http://ow.ly/xy6H3 and http://ow.ly/xy6qG (Windows phone). Users can sign up for a 14-day trial to evaluate Zoho Books for their business needs. Business owners can add unlimited users as well as their accountant to their Zoho Books account. The monthly subscription is $24, and a yearly subscription is available for $240, which includes a two-month discount

For more information on Zoho Books, please visit https://www.zoho.com/books. For more information on Zoho, visit https://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.

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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 Alliance Partner Program. For more information about Zoho, please visit https://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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