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Zoho Chat

Online Group Chat Service


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Published 09/01/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Zoho Chat is a service that offers group chat features with a number of conveniences. The application can be used to provide live chat support between the user and their clients. Zoho’s chat application also offers multiple protocol support that works with popular chat programs including Yahoo, Google, MSN, AIM, ICQ and Jabber. Users can maintain calendars to schedule appointments using a simple chat message. Zoho Chat also includes a shout box that can be embedded on the user’s website or blog to provide visitors with a way to interact and communicate with other visitors. Users can also access their email and compose a new email message without leaving the Zoho Chat program. Notifications are also received when a new email message arrives. Group chat functions are also available so users can hold conversations with entire groups without adding each individual contact. A one click desktop sharing tool allows the user to share their desktop instantly with those they are chatting with. Chat boxes can be embedded and a search function is also included so users can find specific messages from their chat history.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Zoho Chat is Zoho’s version of a group chat program. The application was designed to offer a great deal of functionality, just like other applications by the Zoho company. Zoho, which was previously named AventNet, continues to offer tools that can enhance the way businesses, professionals and clients interact.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many applications offer chat features. People have been chatting online for years. It is difficult to come up with something that is truly different, however Zoho Chat has somehow managed to do that. The application brings together many features that allow the user to not only interact but easily manage email and provide instant access to their desktop through the chat application.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Zoho Chat has a fun yet professional design that can work in almost any chatting situation. The user is greeted by hints of vibrant color and eye-catching background images that add delicious flavor to Zoho’s chat. The user can easily find all the tools they need to add contacts and groups or create a new instant message. Each menu is well organized and logically positioned so the user doesn’t have to spend a great deal of time learning all of Zoho Chat’s features.

How does the registration process work?

Visitors can create a Zoho Chat account by clicking on the “Sign Up for Free” button or one of the icons presented along the right hand side of the homepage. The icons provide access to Zoho Chat through Facebook, Yahoo, Google Apps and Google accounts. Users who prefer to create a new Zoho account are asked to provide a username, email address and password. The user must also check the small box found at the bottom of the form to confirm their agreement with the Zoho terms of service and privacy policy. A second box is available to sign up for the Zoho newsletter, however newsletter sign up is optional.

What does it cost to use the application?

Zoho Chat is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges required when creating an account or using chat functions. The application is still in beta, so it is possible that a paid membership could be added later. For now, anyone can enjoy Zoho Chat for free.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Zoho Chat is an appealing option for anyone who would like to chat with a group. The application can be used for business or personal purposes. Small businesses and professionals may appreciate the desktop access feature to provide better service to their clients.

  • Log in with a Yahoo, Facebook, Google or Google Apps account
  • Participate in group chats through Zoho Chat
  • Instantly provide access to the user’s desktop through the chat
  • Access and compose emails without leaving Zoho Chat
  • Receive a notification when new emails are received


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