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Canonical developer Jamie Bennett presented a new project 2 days ago: Zoho Webservice, which is basically the online office suite Zoho (which comes with tools such as: Presentations, Spreadsheet and Word Processor), but with Ubuntu integration.

Zoho was chosen over Google Docs because it does not require the user to log in to use it, so using Zoho Webservice in Ubuntu, all you have to do is double click a file and read / edit it online. You can get online storage with Zoho if you do register, but if you choose not to you can still get a full featured experience.

For now, Zoho integration with Ubuntu includes:
  • Open, read, edit and save email document attachments.
  • Open, read, edit and save local documents.
  • Open, read, edit and save remote documents linked to with a url.
  • Launch the required application, Writer, Show or Sheet (Word Processor, Presentations, Spreadsheets) which will present the user with an empty document of that type ready to edit.

Zoho Webservice package will get a lot more features in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

Install Zoho Webservice in Ubuntu


Zoho Webservice has been in the Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx official repositories for quite some time, but it didn't actually work until yesterday. You can install it by simply pasting this into a terminal:
sudo apt-get install webservice-office-zoho

If you're not using Ubuntu 10.04, you can download Zoho Webservice from HERE - it should work in older Ubuntu versions since it doesn't have any dependencies, however please note that I've only tested it in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.