New Delhi, Aug 6: Google announced that it is shutting down the Google Wave service due to lack of enough patronage.
Google Wave, the online software application which was described as a new web application for real-time communication and collaboration, was launched by Google in May 2009. But Wave didn't get the user adoption they desired.
On Wednesday, Aug 4 Google announced the suspension of standalone Wave development and the intent of maintaining the web site at least for the remainder of the 2010.
"Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. So 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," said Urs Holzle, Google"s senior vice president of operations.
The Wave technology will be gradually included in other Google projects and the company will also release tools to 'liberate' user content from Wave.
Google Wave was a web-based service, computing platform, and communications protocol designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and social networking.
Google Wave, which created waves in the way people communicated online, was no doubt a great concept. Inspite of its usefulness and capabilities, the number of active users dropped drastically and finally Google announced to axe on Wave.