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Bengaluru: Online software services company Zoho Corp. will offer its newly-launched suite of applications to Indian companies for free, the company said on Wednesday.

The suite will allow companies to register a domain for free. E-mail hosting applications, document management apps and several mobile applications will also be free for the first 25 users of a single business, the Chennai-based company said. Companies can also create an unlimited number of websites using Zoho’s interface.

Currently, most of Zoho’s customers are in the US. The company looks at India as a relatively newer market and is betting on India to drive its growth. It expects to benefit from the increasing Internet penetration in the country and with its free offerings, expects to build a larger market here.

“Something that cannot be ignored are India’s macro, small and medium size businesses which have seen unprecedented growth over the last decade," chief executive Sridhar Vembu said in a statement.

Zoho also said it plans to open a data centre in Chennai to serve Indian companies.

The company, which mostly targets small and medium-sized businesses, has two data centres in the US and one in China.

Zoho offers a suite of online business, productivity and collaboration applications, including customer relationship management (CRM) software, word processors, spreadsheets and email tools, and competes with larger rivals such as Inc., SAP AG and Oracle Corp as it provides cheaper alternatives.

According to a report by research firm Gartner Inc., the CRM market will be valued at $36.5 billion by 2017.

“Technology has changed the workplace communication to a significant extent and one needs to use right technologies at a relevant place to enhance workplace productivity. In such a scenario and keeping in view the fact that lot of India SMBs (small and medium businesses) are growing rapidly, the demand for collaboration technologies will only increase. In such a case this can be a very exciting opportunity for Zoho," said Tarun Pathak, an analyst at Counterpoint Technology Market Research.

Zoho has about 2,500 employees and more than 10 million users.

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