updated 05:20 pm EDT, Wed August 4, 2010
Google says Wave failed to catch on
Google today said it would drop Google Wave. The over year-old service had "not seen the user adoption [Google] would have liked" and won't be developed further. The search firm plans to keep supporting Wave through at least the end of the year and, as it's open-source, says both the technology and the data will be made exportable to other services.
Wave had a loyal base but was admitted by Google to be a "radically different" form of dialog. It has served chiefly as a collaborative environment on the web with live but saved multi-person chat as well as content sharing and editing. The service provided a unique way of communicating on Android and iOS devices, but it struggled as it had to compete both with IM as well as existing collaborative tools.
Code created in Wave should spill over to other Google services.