announced last week the launch of huddle v2, a new version of its online collaboration, project management, document sharing and social networking service. Huddle allows unlimited users to manage projects, create, edit, share and store files online and have group discussions. Its co-founders describe it as a “viral team collaboration app.” Huddle v2 features phone and web conferencing, desktop sharing and new customization options.

“Huddle is a network of secure online workspaces where you and your team, your customers (even your friends) can come together to work on files, plan projects and collaborate on ideas,” according to the service’s site. “Each individual workspace contains files, notes, reminders and information on your project. You can even manage multiple ongoing projects across different teams with huddle.”

Huddle has several packages available for small business, enterprise and government and public sector, ranging from a free version to a Premium version for $98 a month. It is free for charities.

Gartner recently selected Huddle as a “Cool Vendor” in its Cool Vendors in Collaboration 2009 report. For the report, the analyst firm chose vendors which were innovative, impactful and intriguing. The service is used by major brands including P&G, Pearson and UNICEF.

Huddle co-founder Alastair Mitchell spoke last Wednesday at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, addressing “Why Sales Shouldn’t be a Dirty Word in Web 2.0.” Huddle’s co-founders are in San Francisco as part of Webmission 09, which brings the UK’s best Web 2.0 companies to Silicon Valley to meet local investors, journalists and tech actors.

By Mark Alvarez