But Premiere and Education Edition users will have to first ensure that their domain administrator has enabled Google Labs from the Google Apps control panel. “Once the lab is enabled, the “Search Mail” button in Gmail will say 'Search Mail and Docs' instead. When you run a search in Gmail, your search results will include matching documents and sites in addition to results from your email,” Google said in a blog post.
Google has armed its Sites tool with some new features. It now supports RSS feeds and custom templates. It is now possible to import Picasa Web Albums photos from the “Insert” menu, which also makes it possible for a user to import other forms of data from various Google service. Sites is a drag-and-drop tool for building intranets and simple websites.
Another option is to upload photos directly to Picasa, which can now be accomplished from within Sites itself, just in case they are not already hosted online and you still wish to add them to your site. RSS feed of a page built using the Sites tool can be accessed quite easily by adding posts.xml to the end of its URL.
The API follows days after Google announced a romantically named initiative, called Data Liberation Front, aimed at offering greater data portability to those that use its services (Che Guevara could not head the initiative due to his premature demise). With the new Sites API, businesses can update Google Sites from third-party applications, easily move data to and from Sites, and edit their Sites pages offline.
If your business does not possess the right men to build apps based on the API, or if they are too indolent to engage in anything other than social networking, you can always use apps built by other companies.