Zoho Launches Remotely, a Remote Collaboration and Productivity Platform

Zoho Remotely Launch

Zoho Remotely is a suite of cloud applications to help you communicate and collaborate with your team, remotely. No matter where you are in the world it will keep track of your workload as well as provide remote assistance to your customers.

The launch of Zoho Remotely comes when the world is scrambling to find ways to work remotely, given the disruption of coronavirus in the workplace. With that in mind, the company is making Zoho Remotely available free of charge to anyone who needs remote working tools in light of coronavirus precautions.

Zoho chief evangelist Raju Vegesna says that Remotely was launched in one week, pulling together various Zoho technologies into one convenient remote-working suite.

The 11 apps in Remotely will be available for free until July 1, 2020, with the hope that the virus will be under control by then. However, Zoho says it will easily extend the offer if necessary. Furthermore, Zoho is making the full edition available not the freemium version.

Kudos to Zoho for doing its part to help companies around the world and not try to profit from a bad situation.

How Effective is Zoho Remotely?

Zoho is currently using the suite of cloud applications with its 8,000+ workforce across the globe. Vegesna says Remotely is made up of 11 tools categorized as Communication, Collaboration, Remote Assistance and Productivity.

Together the 11 apps deliver a comprehensive suite of collaborative remote-work tools for everyone from the CEO to the customer. They consist of the following:


Cliq - Zoho

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Cliq is a real-time messaging and file sharing between team members and departments. Everyone can share files of any format in the chat window in seconds. This means you can make decisions instantly and come up with a solution like Zoho Remotely without wasting precious time.

Cliq also offers public and private channels, audio and video calls, secure and searchable chat history, integration with other software, and create useful and sophisticated bots.


Meeting is an online meeting and webinar solution for holding presentations, record sessions, and downloading reports.

This includes the ability to:

  • Conduct secure meetings with privacy
  • Send emails, get RSVPs and embed meeting links
  • Hold discussions over audio, video, and chat
  • Present with screen sharing and remote control
  • Manage live meetings
  • Record, replay, share, and download


Showtime is a training solution with real-time engagement using learner-centric features. By bringing together experts, teachers, managers, and other resources together, Showtime can put them all in one place as co-trainers/presenters.

The application features session recording, screen-share, whiteboard, and open mic. You can also use the evaluation and survey tool along with the engagement analytics to get the most out of each session.


Zoho WorkDrive

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With WorkDrive you can manage your team’s file online so you can work together be available anytime.

Work as a team and administer your team on a secure platform you can trust to ensure your privacy. WorkDrive encrypts your files during transit and at rest with a platform that complies with ISO 27001 and SOC 2 Type II security standards.


Projects allows you to plan and track your work while collaborating with your team to get your projects done on time.

You can take a look at the big picture with Gantt charts and automate tasks to save time. Create personalized fields, layouts, statuses, and workflows to carry out tasks specific to your projects and log every minute with timesheets.


One of the challenges of working with teams is planning and tracking each activity. Without the right solution, redundancy becomes the norm.

Sprint lets you track progress on the board, account for all your time, and get a quick pulse of the project. The combination of other Zoho integrated suite of tools as well as third-party apps means you can bring in solutions you are familiar with to make your projects even more effective.

Remote Assistance

Zoho Assist

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Supporting the needs of your customers shouldn’t demand a call center. With Assist, you can support your customers through the web-based, on-demand remote support sessions.

You can deliver on-demand remote support, unattended remote access, voice and video chat, file transfer and more.


Zoho Lens lets you see the problems your team or customers are experiencing. You can access the user’s smartphone camera at a remote location from your desk to identify issues and solve problems.

Lens provides live camera streaming, highlighting on 3D objects, VoIP and text chat, snapshots, freeze image and session recording.


Writer - Zoho

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Writer is a powerful word processor for creating professional documents while you collaborate with your team in real-time.

You get Zia, a writing assistant with contextual grammar, readability and style suggestions as well as review & approval, WordPress integration and more tools for work.


Zoho Sheet is a spreadsheet with the latest tools for analyzing your data with fewer mistakes. And as all of the tools in Remotely, you can share it with your team and collaborate in real-time.


Show makes it possible to create and present your ideas anytime and anywhere. It is as easy as picking one of the themes, use the authoring slides to guide you with the contextual UI, and translate your story into slides.

Add images, videos, graphs, tweets, and animation and you can share, publish and broadcast your creation on internal and external channels including websites, blogs, social media, and much more.

Get Zoho Remotely now for free.

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