Google Drive Alternative, Zoho

Perhaps the most common question I’ve been asked lately is “Steve, can we see more of Farley in your videos?”

The next most common question however, is “Steve, what is a good alternative to Google Drive?”

To answer the first one; I’ll try my best. To answer the second one; Zoho!

Why Not Google Drive?

Now, we love Google Drive for many reasons; it’s free, it’s easy to use, it’s robust, and it’s the industry-standard. However, do not love how much acccess Google has to our data and there are very good reasons to be skeptical of whether Google respects your privacy or not.

So, for those of us who place a priority on privacy we’re left looking for an alternativ. One you may want to consider is Zoho.

Why Zoho?

Zoho is a full suite of software, really it’s an ecosystem, that does everything Google Drive does and then adds some additional functionality on top such as CRM software, some enterprise tools, and much more.

The free version of Zoho, Docs for Individuals, includes word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Make sure to go down the free path and not the revenue path of Zoho. The WorkDrive suite of products is designed for teams in a work environment and thus requires purchase.

Zoho’s word processor feels like a bit of a throwback to older versions of Microsoft Word, it’s no-fuss and affords a great deal of control over the structure of your documents while still having some of those collaborative functions we’ve come to expect of Google Docs.

Zoho’s spreadsheet software is actually my favourite one on the market right now. It looks almost exactly like Microsoft Excel used to look and has the functionality to boot. If you are comfortable on Excel, you’ll be comfortable on Zoho.

What Do You Miss Out On?

Admittedly you do lose out on a few features when using Zoho instead of Google Drive and I think the most notable loss is the powerful search capability of anything within the Google ecosystem.

Google does searching better than anyone, that’s their hallmark, and while the Zoho search functionality is good, it’s not Google Good. The more you do with Zoho the more this gap will be noticable.

You also lose some of the cross-functionality of things like Google Chrome and Google Photos, this may not matter as much if you’re using Zoho exclusively for business, but it’s a consideration if you want to use it both in your professional and personal Life.

Until next time,

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