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, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects.
– Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Operations & Google Fellow
For myself I have mixed feelings on this as I have been a Wave proponent but at the same time never really managed to integrate it into my daily workflow or the teams that I work with. Some of the features that drew me to Wave, like the ability to collaborate in real time with others has already been incorporated into other products, like Google Docs, so hopefully I’ll be able to take advantage of it there.
I do want to congratulate Google on this decision though and that might cause some to get upset with me but it takes a responsible Project Manager or Company to make the tough call of cancelling a project when it just make sense to continue it.
So, were you a “Waver?” If so, what are you going to use in its place?
Congrats to Gina Trapani and Adam Pash on the release of their new book – The Complete Guide to Google Wave. You can order a hardcopy of the book, download a PDF or view it online at http://completewaveguide.com and a portion of the proceeds goes to Partnerships with Industry, you can read about that charity and the partnership here.
For those that haven’t been following the Googleverse Google Wave is a collaboration tool that allows you to work with other in real time on a document. I know I can’t explain it half as well as other but if you cross, IM, Google Docs and email you begin to get an idea of what Google Wave is.
Here’s a quick video that describes it:
Need an Wave invite? Register with the site and leave a comment below and I’ll pass one along, while supplies last.