Wave goodbye

Google has announced that it is retiring Google Wave as a standalone product, after it complained that it had ‘not seen the user adoption we would have liked’.

The service, which was announced to much fanfare last year, looked set to revolutionise browser based communications, but has in fact been more or less ignored by the masses, and as such the web giant has decided it won’t be maintaining the site past the end of the year. Whether or not this is a cheeky reverse double-noddy attempt to spike some interest in it or not we’re not sure.

‘Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked,’ said Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Operations & Google Fellow, on the official Google Blog. ‘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. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily 'liberate' their content from Wave.

‘Wave has taught us a lot, and we are proud of the team for the ways in which they have pushed the boundaries of computer science. We are excited about what they will develop next as we continue to create innovations with the potential to advance technology and the wider web.’

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