Google is relaunching its SMB-targeted JotSpot hosted wiki service with what The Wall Street Journal says is the latest way the search giant is bypassing the need for an IT department.Google Sites, now a member of the search giant's SMB-favored Apps package, lets customers easily build and publish Web sites without any background in HTML or Web design. Google says this will make it easier for workers to collaborate on projects, and is positioning the tool as a simpler, more scalable and less expensive alternative to Microsoft's SharePoint and IBM's Lotus Notes.
"The idea is that IT doesn't have to do anything except enable users to serve themselves," a Google executive said.
Google Sites is available in four editions; most of the existing JotSpot wikis will be migrated over. Basic sites are free or carry a small monthly per-user fee, depending on whether organizations have purchased fuller-featured versions of Google Apps.InfoWorld, The Wall Street Journal
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