Have you ever wondered how different the process of “E-mailing” will be, if it was invented today ? The answer is being provided by the latest communication and collaboration tool being developed by Google. This tool is called Google Wave, which will be available later this year. According to Google, a “wave” is equal parts of conversation and document, where users can almost instantly communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.
The tool was announced in front of 4000 developers who had attended the Google I/O conference in May 2009. Google is planning to release Wave to 100,000 users beginning on September 30th, using the service’s main website – wave.google.com (expect a Gmail-like invite system).
You can watch the Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009 in the following video (One hour twenty minutes). The video explains many features that will be included in Google Wave. After watching this video, all I could say is “Awesome!”. The tool is really going to rock the Internet world. Have a look yourself :-
Some of the key features of Google Wave :-
- Real-time collaboration :- Concurrency control technology lets all people on a wave edit rich media at the same time.
- Natural language tools :- Server-based models provide contextual suggestions and spelling correction.
- Extending Google Wave :- A rich set of open APIs will allow developers to embed waves in other web services and to build extensions that work inside waves (similar to gadgets).