Here it is, the first beta version of former JotSpot, a company acquired by Google there is a little more than a year, was released officially today and is available in all packs Google Apps, under the name of Google Sites.
This is a major step for Google in its strategy of winning companies, as online office was not sufficient to justify a migration of the existing major accounts.
But Google Sites completely change the situation, as it is a wiki, which also includes a kind of blog (annoucements feature) and a set of other features, and Google will thus be able to implement a true architecture of Enterprise 2.0.
Because in the information system of an Enterprise 2.0, the three foundations are the wiki, the blog and RSS portal. The wiki is used to collaboration, the blog to communicate and the portal for consumption data thanks to RSS feeds.
With these three bricks, no more need to use messaging and to store its files in file servers. EVERYTHING IS STORED IN THE BLOG AND THE WIKI, for all projects of the company, and it is immediately notified about additions and changes that both sides have made, consulting its portal feeds.
The blog and wiki from Google Apps is called “Sites” and the RSS portal is called “Start page.”
Google Apps today becomes the first thrue suite for Enterprise 2.0 market and there is no reluctance to have to put Google Apps in direct competition with any traditional solution from Microsoft or IBM. And both for small companies than for large accounts with tens of thousands of users.
At a time when Microsoft makes the feet and hands to try to catch up on Google in the field of research on the Internet and online advertising, Google has finalized deadly weapon to kill the cash cow for Microsoft, Office / Exchange / SharePoint.
It is a day that could almost be described as historic because it is for 20 years that Microsoft has no competitor in the workstation area… This monopoly has now been broken.
It will be remembered for a long time, therefore this date in the future, it was Feb. 28, 2008, at 9:39 hour of San Francisco time 🙂
This is the first message from Google received this morning:
We’re contacting everyone who’s expressed interest in learning of JotSpot registration re-openings on the JotSpot website. And today, we’re excited to announce that JotSpot is working on Google infrastructure and has been re-launched as Google Sites.
Google Sites is the latest offering from Google Apps, a suite of products designed to improve communication and collaboration amongst employees, students, and groups. Google Sites makes creating a team web site as easy as editing a document. You can quickly gather a variety of information in one place — including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and gadgets — and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their entire organization, or the world.
To get started with Google Sites, you’ll first need to sign up forthe Google Apps edition that’s right for you (if you’re not already a Google Apps user). Start the sign-up process at:
The Google Apps Team
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043