Google Sites – a ball dropped

by admin on February 28, 2008

in General,Innovation

I spent a good amount of time playing about with Google Sites last night. I’m not over enamoured. In fact I’m decidedly underwhelmed. Usability in parts of the application is dreadful. I had hoped that in releasing this service, Google would validate the wiki market for the SMB. To the extent it is out there, the answer is yes, but with issues like this, credibility gets badly dented very quickly.

And contrary to what some people think:

Google’s Management Director of Enterprise Matthew Glotzbach called the combined products under Google Apps a “Microsoft Sharepoint killer” because it’s allowing businesses to collaborate without all that expensive Microsoft software.

- in its current shape it is not a Sharepoint killer. People will always pay for something that works. Free is optional.

For my full review, see here.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Phil Hodgen February 29, 2008 at 9:17 am

Something that works > something that's free. No kidding.

That's why I use Basecamp and Backpack from 37 Signals to more or less replicate what I think Google Sites is trying to do.

Not that I love 37S all that much and especially their (ahem) enthusiastic pricing strategies. (I'm migrating away from them).

But at least 37S understands people like me: I don't want to be a plumber; I just want to get a drink of water.

Richard Murphy February 29, 2008 at 9:42 am

Dennis

What are the alternatives for those who aren’t on Vista with Sharepoint?

I need something exactly like this right now

Richard

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