Remember Google Wave? I know you all do. It’s one of Google’s biggest and most ambitious project which was launched to the public back in 2009. Let me refresh you’re memory – Google Wave is an online, real-time collaboration tool. It was a promising product which many failed to appreciate, especially the non-tech savvy online users. Why? Because it’s too complex for a real-time messaging tool.
So, finally Google will stop supporting or developing Google Wave. No future development will be carried out. Although Google Wave will not be totally shut down, well at least until the end of 2010. Google has these words to say:
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. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.
So, what are your thoughts? Are you saddened by Google Wave’s sudden demise?