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Google Mail, Docs & News Adopting Wave Interface

Gordon Kelly


Google Mail, Docs & News Adopting Wave Interface

While Google Apps will always have a soft spot in my heart for freeing me from Outlook I'd be the first to admit its UI is getting rather tired. So it appears would Google...

Leaked to Engadget today are some seemingly legit screenshots of new interfaces for Gmail, Google News and Google Docs all integrating Google Wave-style layouts. The site's tipster said "the goal is to provide a consistent experience throughout all Google Apps and blur the line between the browser and the website (e.g. drag and drop, right-click, etc.)."

Certainly makes sense to us, and - as Engadget itself postulates - suggests that Google Wave (despite a somewhat mixed initial reaction) is fundamental to the search giant's future plans. Could it also be combined with the newly launched Google Dashboard to provide a unified experience in the impending Chrome OS? Well it wouldn't hurt.

Donning my sceptical hat for a minute, let's not get too carried away before an official Google confirmation/denial. Still given my own personal view is Google Wave isn't a replacement for email, but blending its key functionality into email would be very welcome indeed..

Rest of the screenshots below.

In related news Google News could come under threat from a charged up News Corp after chairman and overlord Rupert Murdock said he will block aggregator sites from listing its content. Speaking to Sky Australia he said: "The people who simply just pick up everything and run with it - steal our stories, we say they steal our stories - they just take them. That's Google, that's Microsoft, that's Ask.com, a whole lot of people ... they shouldn't have had it free all the time, and I think we've been asleep"

As for those publications who cite stories originated from News Corp publications (which include The Times and The Sun): "if you look at them {referencing the BBC}, most of their stuff is stolen from the newspapers now, and we'll be suing them for copyright".

Better? We beg to differ, but a brave new world awaits journalism and one everyone will be monitoring with interest.


via Engadget


November 10, 2009, 5:07 am

Got my Wave invite today and immediately signed up. Once I'd had my fill of the pretty UI I realised that I have exactly zero people to Wave with.

Geoff Richards

November 10, 2009, 5:12 am

I've got Wave, as do half a dozen friends of mine. I don't think anyone uses it (yet). Too entrenched in MSN / Facebook / Twitter / whatever to sample "the future of communication" :)


November 10, 2009, 7:46 am

I hate you both, I don't have an invite. :(


November 10, 2009, 6:08 pm

I wonder what people who advertise on the web sites for Rupert's newspapers would think if they were suddenly all delisted from Google. If the web sites aren't returned in Google searches the only way anyone would ever go to their web site is if they chose to pay to view them. Goodbye readership, goodbye advertisers. Seems a little short sighted to me.

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