Google kills Wave, features to be rolled into other products

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Well, this was expected. After a little more than a year, Google has shut down its Google Wave service with the site to be closed down at the end of the year.

Wave allowed real time communications, merging a chat client, an email client and Google Docs, allowing communications and collaboration on projects.

One of the big problems for Wave was the user adoption rate. Because of the very limited beta, many users were not able to add their friends and were not able to use it fully. Google has admitted this was one of the reasons why they have shut down the service.

“Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked,” Urs Holzle, senior vice president of operations said in a blog post.

“In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.”

All is not lost for the Australian-made project as some of the features will be integrated within other products within the Google family – most likely in Google Buzz and Gmail.

“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,” Holzle said.