|[September 26, 2017]
Zoho Raises Bar for Enterprise Chat with Cliq
Today Zoho (News - Alert) unveiled Cliq, chat software that blends instant messaging
with video, audio, and group conferencing to create a unified
communications system for organizations of any size. Available
immediately in native, web and mobile versions, Cliq integrates with
Zoho and third-party applications to bring relevant data from those
applications into the Cliq window, providing chat participants
contextual information about the topic being discussed.
"More companies around the world are turning to chat for real-time,
internal collaboration," said Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho Corp. "But
sometimes text isn't enough, and chat software must also be able to
handle voice and video communications as well as the documents, images,
and other data related to the work at hand. Cliq supports this kind of
dynamic, company-wide collaboration. And it provides a degree of
future-proofing thanks to its unprecedented extensibility and strong
Through Cliq, Zoho provides users with real-time messaging between team
members and different departments to foster rapid decision making. Files
of any format can be shared via the chat window in seconds. Separate
channels can be created for individual teams, specific projects,
company-wide discussions, and other collaboration. Channels can reduce
the need for time-consuming meetings, while still keeping everyone in
In addition to its messaging capabilities, Cliq raises the bar for
enterprise chat with a wealth of built-in features, including:
Group video calls - Cliq's unique group video calling feature,
PrimeTime, removes the chaos of a normal group video call and lets
people take turns speaking to the other video callers. Before they can
speak to the group, participants must click the "Request to speak"
button, and during the video conference.
Audio and video calls - In addition to PrimeTime, Cliq also
supports standard, one-on-one and group calls - both audio and video -
which users can start right from their chat window. During the call,
users can send texts or share files whether they are using the Cliq
native or web application as well as one of the mobile apps.
AI-driven communications administration - Cliq delegates
administrative tasks to Zoho's Intelligent Assistant, Zia. Users can
create event and meeting reminders in Cliq, and participants receive
reminders before their meeting. Additionally, Zia creates the group chat
before the meeting, adds all the participants, reminds them of the
meeting, asks them to share files, takes notes, shares minutes of the
meeting, and archives the group chat for future reference.
Zoho and third-party integrations - Cliq works with most Zoho
apps, fetches information from the other Zoho apps and lets users view
it in their chat window. Additionally, Cliq is available as a chat tool
inside other Zoho apps. Cliq also works with popular third-party apps
including YouTube, Google (News - Alert) Drive, Eventbrite, Crashlytics, and 20 more.
Animated emojis - As part of the Cliq launch, Zoho is rolling out
nearly 100 new, animated emojis - Zomojis - that have been created
exclusively for Cliq. The Zomojis take animated emojis to a new level
with their vibrant color and rich detail.
Cliq for the Developer
Beyond its rich, out-of-the-box functionality, Cliq can easily be
extended to support the unique collaboration demands of any
organization. It offers a platform built with Zoho's own scripting
language, Deluge, which allows users to create chat bots in Cliq and use
them to automate internal processes.
Similarly, developers can create integrations for Cliq and publish them
in the Zoho Marketplace and charge customers to use them. There will be
no server requirements, and therefore no maintenance costs. Zoho does
not collect any commission for promoting these integrations to customers.
The company is also open sourcing its library of Zomojis under the GPL
v3 license, so the animated emojis can be freely integrated with
third-party apps. Zomoji keyboards for iOS and Android (News - Alert) will also be open
sourced and published on Github.
"Developers can use the Cliq platform and integrate Cliq with any
software that hasan open API," said Vembu. "It takes no more than 15
minutes to integrate. Once it's integrated, Cliq bots and commands fetch
information for users when needed. For example, users can check traffic
in their area with a traffic bot and Cliq gets you all the info you
Pricing and Availability
Cliq is available immediately as a web application; a native application
for Mac, Windows and Linux; and mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows
Phone. In addition to the Free plan, Cliq is available in an Unlimited
plan, which starts at $3 per user per month and goes down by volume.
Cliq is also included as part of Zoho One. Additionally, it will also be
a part of Zoho's Workplace, an integrated suite of productivity and
For more information on Cliq, please visit https://www.zoho.com/cliq.
To learn more about Zoho, visit https://www.zoho.com.
For Zoho news, follow the company on Twitter (News - Alert) at @zoho and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/zoho.
The latest news about Zoho products is available on the company blog, http://blogs.zoho.com.
Native desktop apps:
Windows 64 bit: https://www.zoho.com/cliq/downloads/nativeapps/Cliq_1.0.2_x64.exe
Ubuntu (News - Alert) 64 bit: https://www.zoho.com/cliq/downloads/nativeapps/cliq_1.0.2_amd64.deb
Additional Zoho Resources:
Zoho news releases: http://www.zoho.com/in-the-news.html
Zoho videos: http://youtube.com/zoho
Zoho blogs: http://blogs.zoho.com
Zoho on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/zoho
Zoho on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zoho
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applications needed to run a business entirely from the cloud.
Businesses can acquire and manage customers using Zoho's marketing,
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empower employees to create, store and distribute content on the cloud
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Mail and Docs. Businesses can run their own operations on Zoho's finance
and HR applications like Books, People, and Recruit.
More than 30 million users around the world, across hundreds of
thousands of companies, rely on Zoho every day to run their
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of worldwide Zoho partners.
Zoho is a division of Zoho Corp., a privately held and consistently
profitable company with more than 5,000 employees. Zoho is headquartered
in Pleasanton, California, with international headquarters in Chennai,
India, and offices in Austin, Texas; London, U.K.; Yokohama, Japan; and
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