After one of the bigger (failed) product launches in recent Google history, the company announced today that it’s email/chat/collaboration tool called “Google Wave” will be closing, effective January 31, 2012.
I was one of those who really looked forward to trying the system, but aside from a few ah-ha’s, it simply lacked the maintstream ease-of-use that has helped other Google products strive (e.g. Gmail, Google+ (hopefully)).
The closing is no doubt in part due to new CEO Larry Page’s streamlined approach to focusing on Google products that will help drive company revenue… Less distraction & wasted time/resources = More profit
Here’s the official announcement from Google today:
More than a year ago, we announced that Google Wave would no longer be developed as a separate product. At the time, we committed to maintaining the site at least through to the end of 2010. Today, we are sharing the specific dates for ending this maintenance period and shutting down Wave. As of January 31, 2012, all waves will be read-only, and the Wave service will be turned off on April 30, 2012. You will be able to continue exporting individual waves using the existing PDF export feature until the Google Wave service is turned off. We encourage you to export any important data before April 30, 2012.
If you would like to continue using Wave, there are a number of open source projects, including Apache Wave. There is also an open source project called Walkaround that includes an experimental feature that lets you import all your Waves from Google. This feature will also work until the Wave service is turned off on April 30, 2012.
For more details, please see our help center.
The Wave Team
Here are some additional stories on the closing of Google Wave:
- Google Wave, Knol and five more Google initiatives getting the axe (zdnet.com)
- Google Waves Goodbye To Wave… And 6 Other Services (socialtimes.com)
- Google Retires Knol, Wave, Friend Connect, Gears (ghacks.net)
- Google to Shutdown 7 Services including Gears and Wave (techmadly.com)