The blogosphere is awash with news of Google's latest beta product, Google Page Creator. Page Creator is destined to be a part of Google's Web Office Suite It's a WYSIWYG tool, which publishes "in seconds" has auto-save and comes with 100MB storage. You can create as many pages as you want, although it would require a bit of effort to create a cohesive "web site". As Dave Winer noted, "the sites have no structure." With that proviso in mind, it otherwise bears a good resemblance to Microsoft's Frontpage - in that it's an easy-to-use family computer friendly webpage editor. Google's Justin Rosenstein, product manager for the new tool, is quoted on SearchEngineWatch as saying that "it's as easy to create a page on the web [using this tool] as it is to create one on a word processor."
Indeed it took me just a few minutes and clicks to get my test page on the Web:
To the obvious question: What's the difference between Google Page Creator and Blogger, the free blog publishing and hosting service also owned by Google? From SEW:
"Rosenstein says that Google Page Creator is aimed at people who are interested in publishing a simple, relatively static web site, whereas Blogger is designed for people who want to post frequently, with regularly changing content."
I have to wonder why in this day and age people still need a static "homepage". It's so very retro. Blogger would suit the Moms and Pops much better and is just as easy to use. The real story, I suspect, is that Page Creator is destined to be a part of Google's impending Web Office Suite.
Just as Frontpage is a part of MS Office these days, I'll wager that this AJAXy 'Web Page Creator' is but an early - yes, beta - version of something that will be added to Google's future Web Office Suite.