Thursday, 05 August 2010 11:49

Google Wave a wipe out

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Google's Wave communication and collaboration web app has proved short lived.


A little over a year ago, Google introduced Google Wave. It was an attempt to rethink messaging and collaboration from scratch, without the baggage of existing approaches.

While it was enthusiastically received in some circles, Google Wave just isn't being used widely enough for the company to persevere with the project.

"We don't plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects," said Urs Hölzle, Google's senior vice president, operations.

In line with its "data liberation" policy, the company will develop tools that will allow users to extract content currently stored in Wave.

Hölzle also noted that the central parts of the Wave code have already been made available as open source.

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It's always difficult to introduce something that's radically different, especially when it doesn't work properly in the most commonly used web browser (Internet Explorer) without a plug-in.

At the time of Wave's introduction, iTWire's Sam Varghese invoked the Peter Principle, suggesting that Wave ran contrary to the simplicity that Google usually espoused and predicting that it would all end in tears.

"With Wave, [Google] has overreached and may finally get beached."

 


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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