Remember Google I/O 2009, when Google previewed the next greatest collaboration platform, Wave? Well today, fourteen months later, Google officially axed the Wave project. Urs Hölzle, SVP Operations, explains that Wave was a "radically different kind of communication", and that Google was skeptical about Wave's future prospects from the start. After going through an invitation-based beta early on, Google switched Wave to an open beta in May 2010 as an attempt to garner more interest in the platform. However, to Google's lament, Wave really never became mainstream. In Hölzle's own words:
Google believes that although the platform will no longer be supported, Wave's code will be implemented elsewhere in its arsenal (think Google Docs, Buzz, Me, etc). The Wave site will be maintained "at least until the end of the year." If you have current projects on Wave, worry not. Google plans to develop tools so you can "liberate" your content from Wave. Furthermore, since Wave's code is open-source, the community can amend and improve it in the future, if there is such a desire....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. (hit the source link for the full blog post)
So, who here will miss Google Wave? Did Wave suffer an untimely death, or was this merely a move by Google to cut some dead weight?
source: Google Blog