Sunday, July 22, 2007

Jotting the Google Way

Well, this isn't hot news for followers. But it's good news for Google Apps users.

In this ZDNet article, Dave Girouard, vice president and general manager of Google Enterprise claims that they plan to integrate Jot support into Google Apps. Google last year acquired JotSpot, who was one of the most innovative and advanced wiki providers.

I haven't actually used JotSpot, but I did look into it sometime ago. All in all Jot was quite a promising service. It had very useful features, including web application support, and claimed Jot is not a mere wiki, but an application wiki (if I remember correctly). However I required more flexibility than it was available with the JotSpots free plan. So I resolved to use a free, but not very popular thing called Schtuff. This year Schtuff dissolved their service and came to an agreement with PBwiki to host the existing users. So I also migrated from Schtuff to PBwiki which was more nicer. Since I was from the Schtuff migration, I have some bonus features which a normal (free account) user wouldn't have like larger spaces, page level access control.

Back to the story. I'm willing to see Jot integrated with Google Apps. In fact I've been wondering when they are going to do so, from the day I heard about Googles acquiring. It is however not mentioned exactly when it'll be available. I personally believe. This will enable GA users (especially small businesses) to be a lot more productive. It should cater their need of infrastructure at a fraction of the cost than if they plan to go for hosted things. They'll have email, basic collaboration with pages, docs and spreadsheets, etc. and now application wikis. However larger organizations might want to host their own, because the cost multiplies by the number of user accounts.


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