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Google Waves Goodbye To Wave

David Gilbert


Google Wave

It was 30 months ago that Google unveiled Wave, its real-time messaging online collaboration tool, claiming that it would be what email would "look like if it were invented today."

However a little over a year later, in August 2010, Google admitted that Wave was not making an impression and it would stop all development of the service. Today, the company has put the final nail in Wave’s coffin outlining the dates the service will finally come to an end.

Google Wave will become read-only on 31 January, meaning you won’t be able to create new waves any more. Three months later, on 30 April, the service will be turned off completely. You’ll be able to continue exporting individual waves using the existing PDF export feature until the Google Wave service is turned off.

Google Wave

Google has also pointed current Wave users in the direction of similar open-source projects, such as Apache Wave and Walkaround.

Google’s latest so-called spring clean will see six other services being binned as part of the company’s attempt to do away with some of the ideas which haven’t caught the public’s imagination.

"We're in the process of shutting a number of products which haven't had the impact we'd hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward," said Urs Holzle, Google's vice president of operations. "Overall, our aim is to build a simpler, more intuitive, truly beautiful Google user experience."

The other projects getting the boot are:

  • Google Bookmarks List - a service which allowed users to share bookmarks with friends
  • Google Friends Connect - allowed webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a snippet of code
  • Google Gears - much-hyped effort to maintain web browser functionality when working offline
  • Google Search Timeline - a graph of historical query results
  • Knol - a Wikipedia-style project, which aimed to improve web content
  • Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal - a project which aimed to find ways to improve solar power.

The blog post from Google outlines when each of these services will be turned off.

Let us know in the comments if you use any of these services and if Google’s decision to finish them will impact on you.

Source: Official Google Blog


November 27, 2011, 12:48 am

"Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal" - claiming this has been booted is a little misleading. The project has ended because solar is now competitive with fossil fuels and still falling. Google continues to invest large sums in renewable energy - as per the official blog post.

* Google Phases Out Clean Energy R&D in Favor of Deployment, Citing the "Compelling" Cost Reductions in Solar PV. Media incorrectly report Google is abandoning renewables. In fact, the company is increasing clean energy investments. http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/11/23/375324/google-clean-energy-deployment-cost-reductions-in-solar-pv/

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