Google I/O: The relaunch of Wave - no invitation necessary

Google I/O: The relaunch of Wave - no invitation necessary

Summary: A year later, Google is ready for more of a mainstream release of Google Wave, the online communications and collaboration tool.

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Just about a year ago, at the last Google I/O developer's conference, the company offered a rare sneak peek at something new, innovative and, unfortunately, kind of confusing - Google Wave.

As a tool for streamlining communications and collaboration, I liked where Google was headed with it. But as an invitation-only sneak peek, I didn't have very many people to communicate and collaborate with behind the Wave wall.

Today, that all changes.

The company is announcing today that Wave is now openly available as part of Google Labs - no invitation necessary. Likewise, Google Apps administrators can enable Wave for all users at no extra cost.

For those who tried Google Wave when it first came out but found it not ready for prime-time, now may be the time to give it another shot. The company says it's faster, much more stable and easier to use. Among the new features: email notifications when waves change, easier navigation to unread parts of a wave, permission management options and an extensions gallery.

The company will also announce improvements to the Wave APIs today and open sourcing more components useful for those building Wave services.

Topics: Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Google

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  • Finally

    it took too long to receive the invite even from friends. Obtaining a google number was much quicker then this. This will make a big change to forums and business discussion groups.
    Maarek
  • RE: Google I/O: The relaunch of Wave - no invitation necessary

    Google wants to fail more than once. Awesome.
    Loverock Davidson
  • Watching Google I/O right now....

    Web 3.0 just launched. Thats the best way I could sum it up. All this talk about HTML 5 being years down the road has been shut down. Its ready this year in 3 of the 5 major browsers.

    And with the stuff they just showed with Sports Illustrated they have basically obsoleted the iPad lmao.
    storm14k
  • RE: Google I/O: The relaunch of Wave - no invitation necessary

    This was the second best news i got this morning. I wish i could switch out of e-mail entirely and manage all my online interactions purely on Wave already. Soon...
    Vahidm
  • RE: Google I/O: The relaunch of Wave - no invitation necessary

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