We knew it would happen. Blog tools are now being provided by the big software providers. Apple is now offering a blogging tool. Microsoft does this with the new version of Sharepoint so the two big guys in platforms and giving you tools to blog. Apple’s blog tool is called iWeb and it comes free to dot mac users. It seems more focus on personal blogs with Apple’s great media intergation. Microsoft provides its tool as part of Sharepoint which it practically gives away to Microsoft customers. It is more of enterprise tool. Here is some of what Apple says about its tool on their iWeb site.
“Let iWeb help you build a beautiful website in minutes using Apple-designed templates. Just choose a website theme that fits your style. Each theme offers page templates for “About Me,” photo album, blog, podcast, and movie pages, so you’ll always have the perfect place for your content. Use the iLife Media Browser to drag in your photos, movies, and podcasts, then simply type over the placeholder text on your page template, and click once to publish to .Mac.”
This media integration could be fun. “Every website needs content. Your podcast page needs audio. Your photo page needs images. Your blog needs links to your favorite music. And that’s why iWeb needs the iLife Media Browser. Using the Media Browser, you can access all your iLife content — photos, video, audio — without leaving iWeb.”
Thanks to Nancy Dixon of Common Knowledge for pointing this out.