LONDON, UK (February 28, 2008) – Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) today introduced Google Sites™, an application that makes creating a team web site as easy as editing a document. With Google Sites, people can quickly gather a variety of information in one place – including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text – and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their entire organisation, or the world.
“Creating a team web site has always been too complicated, requiring dedicated hardware and software as well as programming skills,” said Dave Girouard, vice president and general manager of enterprise, Google. “Now with Google Sites, anyone can create an entirely customised site in minutes and invite others to contribute. We are literally adding an edit button to the web.”
Creating and editing a set of pages in a Google Site requires no knowledge of HTML or web design skills. People can start a new page with one click. Adding content is as easy as clicking the edit button. Sharing is as simple as sending an invitation. All content is instantly searchable, and Google Sites is accessible through any web browser.
Anyone inside an organisation can begin using Google Sites by signing up for Google Apps™ communication and collaboration services through Team Edition – without having to burden IT for support. After verifying their business or school email address, people can instantly invite others to join, or easily identify people within their organisation already using Google Apps.
With Google Sites, people can create a wide variety of sites, such as:
Google Sites is secure and scalable. Users have full control over who can own, collaborate and view pages, and view version history for each site. Google Sites is built to scale to any sized organisation – from a five person start-up to a 50,000 person enterprise or university – and requires no hardware or software to buy, install, or maintain.
Additional features include the ability to:
Google Sites is based on JotSpot™ technology and available in the Team, Standard, Premier, and Education Editions of Google Apps. If your business or school doesn’t use Google Apps, please visit sites.google.com and sign up for Team Edition with your work or school email address. Existing Google Apps administrators can enable Google Sites immediately from the Google Apps control panel.
The Google Sites interface is available in US English only at this time, however, users can input content in any language. International organisations wishing to use Google Sites immediately can switch their display setting to US English. The interface is in the process of being translated into multiple languages.
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