123rf39110467 largeGoogle Doc's productivity-boosting features have long been found indispensable by virtual office workers. But if you are making an attempt to extricate your digital footprint from the pervasive span of the mighty Google, Inc., then why not go for an equally viable and free document collaboration tool such as Zoho?

[quotes]Zoho is your go-to Web-based software solution for almost all aspects of your online businesses:[/quotes] marketing, invoicing, expense management, customer relationship management (CRM), and real-time collaboration for your employees.  What's great about Zoho is that it is mobile friendly, so you can access your customer data and interact with your employees through Web-connected Android and iOS devices. File sharing is secure, social-media sharing is possible, and the folder-style organizing of files is so easy to navigate. Plus, Zoho's Dropbox integration makes it effortless to maintain a backup for all your files.

[rquotes]Zoho's document collaboration tool comes with fail-safe features like check in/out control and document review. [/rquotes] With the check/in control, anyone can see who modified and what was modified in a document, effectively preventing data loss through overwriting.

Meanwhile, the document review feature enables other remote team members, who have access to a document in question, to rate it and offer valuable feedback. [quotes]A built-in live chat interface can be used while multiple users work on a document in real time.[/quotes] This makes the exchange of ideas among employees convenient and fast.

Creating and editing documents in a shared environment are easy with Zoho. There are advanced editing functions like inserting hyperlinks, bookmarking, and embedding videos for you to use. Document collaboration in various file formats such as DOC, DOCX, EPUB, PDF, CSV, XLS, XLSX, and ODS is also possible. Plus, you can quickly share, publish, and get embed codes for documents if you want to put them up in public forums and web pages.

If you are looking for a secure shared environment for your workers – remote or otherwise – then consider using Zoho as an alternative to Google Docs. Whether you are desktop-bound or mobile, Zoho's amazing collaboration tools are at your disposal.