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Will Google Wave Be The New Email?

Updated on July 18, 2011
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What is Google Wave?

Google Wave is a new communication and collaboration tool that has recently been announced by Google. On May 28, 2009 at the Google I/O conference, the vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra gave the world a first look at the impressive software. Google Wave was introduced as being "what email would look like had it been created today."

The video of the Google Wave's debut is quite long (over an hour), so I am going to summarize the known features of this new software.  For those of you who want to watch the video for yourself, I've embedded it below.

Google Wave at the Google I/O Conference

Google Wave's Basics

At its roots, Google Wave is designed to merge email, instant messaging, wiki systems, and social networking. Google Wave is open source, and unlike email, documents (known as "waves") are stored at a central location which everyone must access to edit. Google Wave is said to have a "next-generation" spell-check feature and will be translated in over 40 languages.  Also, don't worry Mac and Linux users, Wave will be cross-platform.

Waves are "equal parts conversation and document." Picture a word document merged with your favorite instant messenger to get an idea. Folks can edit their waves simultaneous and can watch other participants do their editing. Then, like a wiki, the wave remembers all past edits and changes allows the participants to revert to an older version if necessary.

So basically, Google Wave is Google Documents, GMail, Google Talk, and Wikipedia all wrapped up in one convenient package to encourage and assist collaboration online.

Release Date of Google Wave

The software's release date has not been officially set, but it was mentioned at the conference that it is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.


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    • theboxmeister profile image


      10 years ago

      Well, first of all, people like us, used to use all kind of applications and services that will enable us to communicate and collaborate will need to change drastically their point of view about how tings work in online communication and online collaboration platforms. Google Wave will start a revolution on the web. Yes, it will just start a revolution, because this tool is just a fire starter. I am sure that most of the web will be changed in concept very soon and we, those who are already used with the classic web will need to keep up to date with the revolution.

      Enjoy the web revolution !

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      Sachendra Yadav 

      10 years ago

      The biggest problem it solves is that you no longer have to write "See comments inline"

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      10 years ago

      I can't wait for the release date !

      Google Wave will be a revolution.

    • Koby profile image


      11 years ago from Ohio

      definitely. Google wave will be a revolution. My children won't even have heard of email by the time they're alive.


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