Google Wave Surfs Into the Sunset

It's dead, Jim. Google Wave, the much-hyped collaboration tool that Google released in beta form just about a year ago at its developer conference, is dead.

Admit it: there are plenty who think that everything Google touches turns to gold, but it's just not the case. In this case, Google said it simple enough in a blog post: not enough people were interested in Google Wave. Urs Holzle, Senior Vice President, Operations & Google Fellow said:
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 [...]
Wave was supposed to be a radically different way of communicating and collaborating. It's quite possible that users were confused. It wasn't exactly something anyone was used to. In fact, as Holzle said,
[...] we weren’t quite sure how users would respond to this radically different kind of communication.
In fact, they didn't, which is why it's now dead. It's not completely dead, as pieces of it will live on, but as a product, it's gone.

If nothing else, we can see that Google knows when its time to dump a loser of an idea. They dumped the Nexus One a while back, and now this. No matter what, not every idea is a winner, not even an idea from Google.
Via:  Google
3vi1 4 years ago

Too bad to hear about this. It had so much potential, but was crippled by Google's roll-out scheme.

They started giving it to people via invite-only.  Sure, I liked it a lot, but no one I know had it or used it regularly - which rendered it pretty much useless.  The limited amount of time it has been open to all is not near enough time for it to get traction.

If they had set up a gateway so that it could have inter-operated with existing e-mail and IM systems, things might have turned out drastically different.

Oh well at least there were a few good spin-off protocols/features from its open-source development.

animatortom 4 years ago

Didnt even know about it!

If they really stepped up and addressed the security issues that the other sites have! They would have been able to hit the market running.

Instead there are to many people who now know that Google is spying on you and is totally vulnerable...So of course no one wants to sign up!

I have many ideas that they could do..Good thing I dont put it on my computer or they would have already taken them by now:P

Yes, I do use GMail :)

3vi1 4 years ago

I don't think security was ever a major concern with Wave. It's open source - and companies are free to set up their own Wave servers (which can interact with any other company/ISP's Wave servers) with no communication to Google whatsoever. There are already a couple of other implementations that support the wave protocols.

It's definitely more secure than e-mail and the things it was meant to supersede.

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