Businesses prefer Zoho Office Integrator over Microsoft WOPI - Here's why

Businesses prefer Zoho Office Integrator over Microsoft WOPI - Here's why


Businesses often have difficult decisions to make when building web applications that provide document management capabilities for their users. For example, what's the best solution to integrate with online office editors— Zoho Office Integrator or Microsoft WOPI ?

This decision will be based on certain requirements:
  • You have a web application, but want a full-featured office editor to handle document management from within the app.

  • Your business policy prohibits keeping customer data in a public cloud. So you need a solution that allows you to store these documents on your own servers, to ensure data compliance.

  • Business users should have a seamless experience when they view, edit, and collaborate on Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files online. An integrated office solution should work on all modern browsers and support all popular document formats. 

  • You want a document management solution that's easy to implement with minimal configuration and doesn't involve additional hardware costs.

  • The integrated office solution should have an affordable and flexible pricing model.

 

While MS WOPI does the job well, it's also expensive and difficult to implement. Zoho Office Integrator ticks all the boxes when it comes to meeting the content editing needs of your business, without all the complications.


We believe Zoho Office Integrator is not just an alternative to MS WOPI, but an all-inclusive solution that offers wide-ranging document editing capabilities with flexible  customisation  features. 
 
Here's a comparison list to help businesses like yours make informed decisions: 


Features

Zoho Office Integrator
MS WOPI

  Solution

 Integrate Zoho Office Online with your web
 app.
 Integrate MS Office Online with your
 web app. 

  Integration

 Embed editors in iframes. PostMessage APIs
 help communicate between web app host
 page and iframe.
 Opens editor only in a browser tab or
 window. No embedding allowed.

  Customisations

 Customise editor preferences and document 
 defaults with advanced parameters.
 Doesn't allow for customisation of
 editor features.

  Limitations

 Complete feature parity in all online office
 editors - Writer, Sheet, and Show.
 Word Online lacks many of
 the  features of the desktop app, and 
 some features work differently in the
 two.

  Extend API Functionality

  Compare two files.
  Convert files from one format to another.
 No such functionality.
  File Limits
 Word - 10 MB
 Excel - 10 MB
 PowerPoint - 100 MB
 Word - 1 million characters
 Word - 5 MB
 Excel - 5 MB
 PowerPoint - 300 MB
 Word - 100 million characters

  Storage Format

 Stores all popular document formats - MS
 Office/Open Office/HTML/txt
 Stores only in MS Office formats.

  Supported Formats

 docx, doc, pptx, ppt, xlsx, xls, html, txt, ods,
 odt, odp
 docx, doc, pptx, ppt, xlsx, xls

  License Model

 For web editing, users don't need to have a
 Zoho account.
 For web editing, users need a Office
 365 account.

  Pricing

 Usage-based pricing plans - commercial and
 non-commercial.
 User-based Office 365 subscription

  Forever-free plan



  Starts at
$50/Month
No user subscription required. Flexible pay-as-you-use model.
$240
Business user subscription required for document edits. $20 per user/month, billed annually.
  Authentication
 Single Zoho account for authenticating
 open/edit document requests. Users don't
 have to create individual accounts in Zoho.
 Office 365 subscription mandatory.
 Each user is prompted to authenticate
 with a Microsoft/Office 365 account to
 edit documents.
  Ease of Integration
 Implementation in 2 easy steps:

 1. Open/view/edit/co-edit documents with
 standard API requests.
 2. Save edited documents back to your
 storage server with a saveurl method.
 Fairly complex WOPI protocols, and
 requires separate implementation to
 "view" and "edit" documents.

 1. To support document view, WOPI
 hosts must implement CheckFileInfo
 and GetFile modules.
 2. To support document edit, WOPI
 hosts must implement other modules:
 PutFile, PutRelativeFile, Lock, Unlock,
 UnlockAndRelock, RefreshLock.

  Server Requirements

 Office Integrator solution runs on any server
 environment (including Linux).
 MS WOPI runs only on Windows
 servers.






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