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The Termination of Google Wave

December 1, 2011

We all knew this day would come, but it has now been made official – Google Wave will soon be no more.

Google Wave was positioned as a collaborative “working environment” and although seeming like a useful tool, the platform just never stuck.

Below are details from The Wave Team announcement:

As we announced in August 2010, we are not continuing active development of Google Wave as a stand-alone product. Google Wave will be shut down in April 2012. This page details the implication of the turn down process for Google Wave.

Stage 1: Google Wave is read-only — January 31, 2012

In this stage, you will no longer be able to create or edit waves. Marking a wave as read will also not be saved.

During this time, you will continue to be able to export your waves using the existing PDF export feature. You’ll still be able to read existing waves and access the Google Wave client.

Stage 2: Google Wave shut down — April 30, 2012

In this stage, all the Google Wave servers will be shut down and you will no longer be able to get to your waves. Make sure to export any waves you want to save before that time.

I’m sorry for the sad news Wavers…

So the question remains, will Google incorporate “Waves” into Google+?