Google Wave Will Stand Alone in a Box

Wave was slated to be the killer Google App developed by the Mountain View based search giant. In our first impressions review, the service received generally praiseworthy comments and touched upon the high amount of collaborative customization that could be garnered by using Wave.


Unfortunately, it was not meant to live on Google’s servers. Due to the poor rate of usage and adoption, the service was killed off in a year’s time. Nevertheless, in the blog post where they waved goodbyeto Google Wave, Google announced that the code will still remain open source:-

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. 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.

Google is now making good on that promise to its loyal fans. They announced that they will expand on the 200,000 lines of code already present to develop a web-server based Wave rehash that will be made available to any individual or enterprise. The project, termed Wave in a Boxwill use similar paradigms adopted by Google Wave, but will be a somewhat newer collaboration program.

This project will not have the full functionality of Google Wave as you know it today. However, we intend to give developers and enterprising users an opportunity to run wave servers and host waves on their own hardware.

So, will you adopt Google’s Wave in a Box for your home or office network? Do tell us in the comments.

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