So perhaps Google is not so all-seeing and all-wise after all. After a year of dismal take-up, Google has decided to stop developing Wave as a stand-alone product according to Urs Hölzle (Senior VP Operations and Google Fellow) in an update on Google’s official blog on 4th August 2010.
Wave was launched in 2009 with a great fanfare – and was described by Google at the time as “how e-mail would look if it were invented today”. In essence, it combined e-mails with instant messaging and features to allow people to collaborate in real time on documents.
However according to Urs Hölzle on Google’s blog, “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”
For other reports:
- BBC Report on 5th August 2010