Finally the old JotSpot has been released by Google. Google Sites made a big splash yesterday, and by the end of the day most bloggers were complaining about how much JotSpot had been stripped down from the original application. I’ve had a JotSpot account since the early beta days, so when I finally got around last night to accessing Sites, I was also a bit disappointed. Thinking about it again this morning, I realized that – like most everything else Google releases – Sites may be a simplified version of JotSpot, but it still is quite powerful. I know of a few small organizations that I help out that will absolutely love this Google wiki product.
My old JotSpot account still looks and operates the same, and I believe there is a plan to offer optional migration of old JotSpot accounts over to the new Sites. Once I’ve taken a full spin, I’ll post a thorough review of Sites. I’m already getting the feeling that, once I spend some time working with Sites, I’ll like it a lot.
InsideGoogle is reporting that JotSpot may finally emerge from the Googleplex as a part of the Google Application Suite for enterprise customers. It was just a few days ago that I expressed concern that JotSpot seemed to have fallen into some void at Google. It’s good to hear that the wiki application may finally be ready for prime time.
Hopefully, this time the news is for real (not like the last time).
Thanks to Googlified for the update.
Yesterday, I received several emails from JotSpot stating that they were going to introduce a major upgrade to their service next week. I’ve had an early beta account of JotSpot and have seen it progress nicely into an effective wiki-based collaboration environment. Google acquired JotSpot in October and they have been quiet since then. Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch is speculating that this email may signal the relaunch of JotSpot under a Google moniker:
Will JotSpot Relaunch Next Week?
Google sent an email to JotSpot customers notifying them of an upgrade being rolled out over the next week. JotSpot has been closed to new customers since they were acquired by Google in late October 2006, and there has been no word of when JotSpot might be relaunched.
The speculation is that JotSpot’s email may be an indication that their service is now operating within a Google environment and may reopen for new users. I doubt that they totally integrated JotSpot into the myriad other offerings that Google now has under it’s belt. If the speculation is correct, it will be nice to see JotSpot reopened for general use, but I really hope that Google is working to tightly integrate it with Gmail, Docs & Spreadsheets, Calendar, etc. If integrated correctly, this could become a killer online application suite.
So, hopefully the JotSpot upgrade will provide a glimpse into the Googleplex’s long term online application vision….but I won’t be holding my breath.