updated 05:00 pm EDT, Mon April 30, 2012
Google Wave finally gets shutdown after weak adoption
As promised, Google has pulled the plug on its Google Wave online communications service. It launched in 2009 but never got off the ground, and development on the project stopped back in mid-2010. Support continued, however, due to the open-source nature of the undertaking.
The service initially promised to bring with it an app store, though this never materialized. It also allowed users to share documents and multimedia files, which could be edited by multiple users.
Wave didn't attract enough interest, thought at least partly due to its complexity of use. The servers are going down sometime on Monday, with users urged to export any documents or files they want to keep. Apache Software Foundation will continue to work on Wave, however, while Google will focus on its Google+ service.