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Google kills off its 'Wave' service

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Aug 2010 21:54 User comments (5)

Google kills off its 'Wave' service Google has said today it is killing off its Wave collaborative messaging service due to a lack of user interest.
The search giant revealed the Wave service last year, which allows people to "communicate online by letting them exchange messages in real-time and collaboratively edit documents."

Many called the service a hybrid Twitter, IM and email client.

The service itself was very confusing to many would-be users, however, and Google has decided to add the service to its growing list of failed projects.

"Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don't plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product,"
noted Google Senior Vice President of Operations Urs Hlzle.

Hlzle did add that Wave's technology will be used in other projects, and that the code is not dead. "Many of Wave's innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, will still be available to customers and partners that want to build upon the technology," adds the WSJ.

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5 user comments

14.8.2010 22:04

That's an Epic failure by google.

25.8.2010 14:00

Oh that's what Wave is or was. Wasn't really sure.

35.8.2010 16:18

i've never even heard of it

49.8.2010 14:00

I thought it was still in development :S

510.8.2010 19:30

The idea seemed awesome, but if it's not user-friendly (which is surprising from Google, not going to lie) then no one is going to want to stick with it, especially when it's such a new idea.

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