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Zoho unveils Facebook's first online Office app

Online office software firm, Zoho has launched a version of its productivity suite on popular social networking site Facebook.com.

Online office software firm, Zoho has launched a version of its productivity suite on popular social networking site Facebook.com.

The company is offering its Writer word processor, Sheet spreadsheet tool and Show presentation builder on Facebook's rapidly growing open application platform.

"Almost 30% of our firm's users are students so porting our suite over to Facebook was a no-brainer for us," Raju Vegesana, a representative for Zoho stated.

Also included in the release is a central control panel where users can manage all of their private and shared documents within Facebook.

Zoho plans to release a similar feature for its regular non-Facebook suite, Vegesana revealed in an official Zoho blog post (http://blogs.zoho.com/general/zoho-apps-on-facebook/).

This will bring it closer to its main competitor Google Docs and Spreadsheets, which already has a centralised document management centre for individuals and groups.

"We are working on a way to better organise your documents in a single place compared to our application specific organisation. We will reveal more details on this soon," said Vegesana.

Facebook.com is arguably one of the most popular social networking sites in the Middle East currently boasting 35,538 UAE members, 26,802 Saudi members and 52,869 users from Lebanon.

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