Zoho, a company that offers a growing variety of cheap and free online office applications, just launched Zoho Share, a service for sharing documents on the web or within your company.

Now, all documents, presentations, spreadsheets and PDFs created using Zoho Apps can be viewed as an embeddable file, similar to Scribd or Docstoc. Those documents can be shared publicly, or just internally, as with Microsoft’s Sharepoint. (Which is why Zoho calls the service “Sharepoint meets YouTube.”)

In his announcement, Zoho evangelist Raju Vegesna points to two things that make Zoho Share unique: First, it allows you to decide what kind of license/copyright controls the documents you share. Second, it was designed to be simple and functional, rather than flashy; for example, the player is built using HTML/JavaScript, not Flash.

Zoho Share is an important step for the Pleasanton, Calif. company (which is owned by AdventNet), because it’s another way that Zoho documents can be accessed by non-Zoho users. Without that assurance, I’d be a lot more hesitant about using the company’s products. Zoho made another move in this direction in May, by allowing anyone to log into Zoho using their Google and Yahoo accounts.


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