Google Wave officially shut down

As announced in November 2011, Google Wave is being shut down completely as of Monday, April 30. All Waves will be deleted as part of the shutdown.

Navigating to google.com/wave now takes users to a Google Help page describing the shutdown.

The online real-time collaborative editing tool was made read-only as of January 31, 2012. The service initially debuted in September 2009 in a limited preview release to 100,000 users, who were allowed to invite additional users in a system similar to Gmail's initial rollout. Google Wave was released to the general public on May 19, 2010. Less than three months later, on August 4, 2010, Google announced that it would suspend development of Wave, but would maintain the service for at least the remainder of the year.

While the service was an interesting merger of multiple features from various communication methods, such as email, instant messaging and wikis, a lack of interest was cited as the reason for Google Wave's demise. Many users might have found the service confusing and perhaps not a very intuitive fit for their uses.

For those that are interested in continuing to use a service like Google Wave, the service lives on at the Apache Software Foundation, where development of Wave has continued since 2010. Their efforts can be seen at Wave In A Box.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Another big hint of a Windows 8-Nook tablet?

Next Story

TechSpot: Gainward GeForce GTX 680 Phantom Review

9 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

There are several startups that have been inspired by Google Wave:

* http://rizzoma.com/ - free and open source, it continues and expands the Google Wave philosophy with cool features like tasks and Twitter-like mentions.

* http://co-meeting.com/ - very similar to Google Wave at first glance, but seems to focus more on meetings.

* http://runby.me/ - a B2B service for companies that go heavy on text-based communications. It is designed to support both email and hosted conversations within a single UX, allows to assign tasks and keep track of them, and has built-in workflows for general communications, helpdesk, Kanban and sales.

The wierd thing for google wave was no matter what you weren't able to use it with IE9. Or at least last time I tried it.

Wave was brilliant when doing group work in University. Made life so much simpler.

Google killed it by rolling it out so slowly.

Merson316 said,
Wave was brilliant when doing group work in University. Made life so much simpler.

Google killed it by rolling it out so slowly.


I agree, I thought it had a lot more potential than Google Plus, but the slow rollout just seemed like Google just didn't have their interest in the product 100%.

Merson316 said,
Wave was brilliant when doing group work in University. Made life so much simpler.

Google killed it by rolling it out so slowly.

I agree, I thought the concept was pretty cool. Unfortunately, kind of like Google+, no one I know actually used it so I never bothered with it.

keyboardP said,

I agree, I thought the concept was pretty cool. Unfortunately, kind of like Google+, no one I know actually used it so I never bothered with it.

That was my problem. No one I knew actually used it often except for 1-2 people making it useless. By the time I lost interest they rolled it out to a few more people but it was too late by then.

I personally thought it was a great.

Merson316 said,
Wave was brilliant when doing group work in University. Made life so much simpler.

Google killed it by rolling it out so slowly.


I got into the Beta and was so happy....until I realized the only 'friend' of mine on there was someone whom I'd forgotten and moved away ten years ago. If more people had just used it :\