Google Wave, one of the most inventive and high-concept Web apps the world has ever seen, will be killed at the end of the year because there just weren't enough people using it.
Wave was a software package that sought to change the way people collaborate on large projects. Anything from working with your classroom team on a school project to independent video game studios trying to tie all their knots together could be accomplished through Wave.
Unfortunately, even though the people who used it seemed to like it a lot, the audience just wasn't there. Project management software is a very niche market, and those who are most likely to use it probably already have a professional-grade piece of software they use.
"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," wrote SVP of operations Urs Holzle on the official Google Blog. "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."
Well, it goes to show that not everything Google touches turns to gold. However, at least the company is smart enough to create back-end systems that can be cut apart and used for other projects, so Wave was not a total loss.
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