Friday, November 03, 2006

Google Acquires JotSpot

I've just noticed on the Google Blog that they've acquired JotSpot, a company that develops collaborative wiki-based applications. JotSpot's wiki allows you to create rich web-based spreadsheets, calendars, documents and photo galleries. It's as easy as using a word processor and no web programming knowledge is required.

The details about the deal are on the site and are as follows…

Google shares JotSpot's vision for helping people collaborate, share and work together online. JotSpot's team and technology are a strong fit with existing Google products like Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Google Apps for Your Domain and Google Groups.

We believe that joining Google will accelerate our team's vision of offering users the best collaboration platform on the web. Google shares our vision and presents us with the world's best environment for delivering on it.

Both Google and JotSpot are committed to continuing to support customers, and we know our users have invested a lot in JotSpot. Existing customers of the wiki, family site and class reunion site will continue to have uninterrupted access to their accounts and their data will not be affected. In the future, we'll work hard to move as seamlessly as possible to Google's systems so that customers won't be inconvenienced.

Existing users will also be pleased to note that they will no longer be billed for using the service. However, don't all rush to sign up as registrations are currently suspended until the service is integrated into Google's systems.

I'm still on the fence regarding wikis. The idea that I could publish a site and then let others edit that site just doesn't sit well with me but then I'm a control freak when it comes to things I've created.

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