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Zoho.com – Online Collaborative ‘Office’ Suite

February 20th, 2008 by Carol L. Smith

contributed by Courtney Hime, ITAP Communication Consultant

Zoho.com is an online collaborative and social networking tool. The Web site offers a host of Office-like programs that allow users to create and edit documents online. The suite is free after creating a user name and password.

The web site boasts an online collection of services that rivals Microsoft Office, including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, project manager, meeting manager, and calendar, along with several other tools similar to those offered by Microsoft or Apple. Zoho also offers online and collaborative tools in their Beta version for businesses.


Zoho writer and presentation allow users to import documents from Microsoft Word or PowerPoint to be edited or shared, and a plug-in is available to work with Excel as well.

Like the Microsoft Office suite, all of Zoho’s tools integrate and work better together. Unlike Office, Zoho allows multiple users to share and edit documents simultaneously from any computer with Internet access.

In addition to integrating with each other, all Zoho applications can be integrated with Facebook, an increasingly helpful feature for college students, faculty and staff.

del.icio.us – store your bookmarks online

November 12th, 2007 by Carol L. Smith

Contributed by Courtney Hime, ITAP Communications Consultant
and Tiffany Hebb, Coordinator of Instruction Services

As technology becomes a more mobile part of our lives, portability becomes increasingly important. del.icio.us makes moving from place to place that much easier. Pronounced ‘delicious,’ this social bookmarking tool enables you to access your favorite Web sites from any computer with Internet access.

Once you create a del.icio.us account (it’s free), you can add links, articles, and other media to your del.icio.us list. Many web sites have del.icio.us buttons displayed on their pages that make it simple to add them right to your del.icio.us list.

During the creation of your account, you will be asked if you want to add del.icio.us buttons to your browser’s toolbar. By adding the buttons, you can add and tag Web sites to your bookmark list by just clicking a button on your browser toolbar.

The del.icio.us site has a simple interface and tags that make it easy to navigate. Any web site you choose to add to your del.icio.us list can be organized by tags. For example, an article from the New York Times on new technology gadgets for Christmas might be tagged ‘nytimes,’ ‘technology,’ ‘gadgets,’ and ‘Christmas.’ This system of categorizing makes it easy to locate links as well as group similar items together.

del.icio.us also allows you to easily share your favorite links with other users. Anyone can view your list at http://del.icio.us/username, for example http://del.icio.us/fitsdepauw.

A great way to learn about del.icio.us is to explore it yourself at http://del.icio.us. For more details, visit http://del.icio.us/about. If you have any questions about del.icio.us, you can contact Tiffany Hebb at Roy O. West Library, or email her at thebb@depauw.edu.