Google Wave will be shutting down its services by the end of this year.
Last year Google launched a new communication tool called Google Wave with much fanfare, and had people eager to try out out the invitation-only service. Google called it a “web application for real-time communication and collaboration” that allowed real-time tracking of conversations, drag-n-drop file sharing and webcam support. Despite the impressive set of features, Google announced that it will be shutting off Google Wave services very soon.
We were equally jazzed about Google Wave internally, even though we weren’t quite sure how users would respond to this radically different kind of communication. The use cases we’ve seen show the power of this technology: sharing images and other media in real time; improving spell-checking by understanding not just an individual word, but also the context of each word; and enabling third-party developers to build new tools like consumer gadgets for travel, or robots to check code.
But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. 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.
Google recently tried to get the healthcare industry to use its services, but guess that did not work out in the company’s favor.
Google said it will be keeping Google Wave alive until the end of the year.
Source: Google blog.