Google Acquires JotSpot

Yesterday, Google announced their acquisition of JotSpot, a company that developed wiki applications. Wikis are collaborative websites that a group of people can edit and update with new information. This acquisition is another sign of Google’s office intentions, and reveals in greater detail that collaboration is their focus.

Read/WriteWeb has a wealth of information about JotSpot, past and present. JotSpot’s product and engineering strengths will fit nicely with various Google offerings, including Docs & Spreadsheets and Groups. Of course, the future implications are what make this move interesting.

Google is making designs for enterprise software, pushing further into Microsoft’s territory. Niall Kennedy presents his theory on how the pieces are falling into place, and it appears compelling.

Thus far, Google’s enterprise strategy has consisted of appliances and hosted services. Appliances, like Google Mini, can be deployed on a company’s private network, indexing internal documents. Hosted services, such as Apps for Your Domain are prime candidates for transition to an appliance as well.

Another component is the software installed on individual computers, Google Desktop and Google Talk being two indispensable applications. A bit of integration, utilizing standard protocols like XMPP, could link everything together. Data could transition seamlessly from the desktop, to the internally deployed appliances, and out to the Google-powered cloud. Wouldn’t that be interesting?

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