iPhone impact on Web Apps like Zoho

General | January 10, 2007 | 2 min read

I almost spent the whole day at MacWorld and am certainly blown away like others with features announced with iPhone. While iPod and Phone integration excited many users (including me), I was particularly excited about the internet communications functionality part of iPhone. The reason is simple….when there is a device with a big screen along with built in Wi-Fi and a full fledged browser with very good ease of use, the chances of practically and regularly using web apps on a mobile device can only go up (considering my bad experiences with many existing devices). This can only be good news for web apps like Zoho as the reach goes beyond desktop.

What does this mean to Zoho….as Bill Seaver says, it can only be good news for us as we can now offer browser based office apps on your phone too. But first, we will have to work on supporting Safari. I hope we will have browser options (firefox) going forward on iPhone.

Update: Ismael Ghalimi has a good post on iPhone and Office 2.0.

Update 2: Sridhar Vembu says in comments

The logical next step would be for the mobile phone to dock itself through USB to a LCD display device, so the phone gets charged while driving the display & keyboard. In another variation, it can be even your LCD TV where you dock the phone, and drive it through a remote keyboard. You will have these 100% stateless display/keyboard combinations available everywhere you go, and people just dock their mobile to it, fire up a browser to get their work done. This would be my personal computing nirvana. I posted about it over a year ago at

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Phillip Greenspun has said the same thing before. I hope Apple/Nokia/Motorola/Samsung would get us that device soon.

Mobile and Office 2.0 is a marriage made in heaven.

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