Despite of how good it is for search, Google might get a bit too much credit and publicity for its other projects that sometimes can easily fall in the 'me too' category. But the press loves Google, and consumers in general also seem to have a very positive perception of their numerous online projects. Remember, a majority of them still come free of charge.
Back on October 2006, Google acquired JotSpot
, a hosted wiki platform for building collaborative Web sites. But it wasn't until now that Google revamped the service and launched it as Google Sites
. The new application comes as an addition to the Google Apps suite that is set to challenge (on the web) the behemoth that Microsoft Office is, and try to lead the already somewhat crowded market for collaboration office applications based on the web.
Google Docs has also received a cosmetic upgrade
, one that seems to resemble more the actual Office suite from Microsoft. It may sound ironic, but I believe it's a stable desktop-based component
that these web services are lacking to become truly mainstream.