Google ushers in Sydney-built Wave

Google ushers in Sydney-built Wave

Summary: Google has announced a new centralised collaboration tool called Google Wave that mashes together emails, instant messaging and wiki style communication into one service that will be open sourced and run on its own protocols.

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Google has announced a new centralised collaboration tool called Google Wave that mashes together emails, instant messaging and wiki style communication into one service that will be open sourced and run on its own protocols.

Developed in Google's Sydney office by the same team of brothers that created Google Maps, Jens and Lars Rasmussen, the project originally dubbed "Walkabout" has been in development for over two years.

The tool consists of three layers, the first of which is the Google Wave product that users will use to view and edit "waves"; what Google calls its documents within the tool. Features of the product include a rich text editor with contextual spellcheck, the ability to drag photos from a user's desktop onto the wave within the browser and have it upload the photos rather than using file dialogs, and is built using HTML5 and Google Web Toolkit.

The platform itself has application programming interfaces for developers to embed waves inside of other web services, such as blogs, and APIs to build extensions for the tool.

Google Wave uses its own protocol, Google Wave Federation Protocol, for sharing and storing waves, and controlling the concurrency issues present with the live editing, the ability to edit a wave concurrently and see modification character-by-character, that the tool allows.

Google has said that it plans to make the code for the project open source and is inviting developers to build upon the tool prior to its public launch, the date of which is unknown at the time of writing.

One feature to help show the flow and creation of a Wave is the "playback" function, which shows play-by-play who edited what and how in a smooth slideshow-like experience.

Topics: Collaboration, Google

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  • Wave screenshots

    I can't see any?
    anonymous
  • where is the image?

    Neither I can see anything ... What is this??
    anonymous
  • Screenshots at Google

    There are some screenshots on Google's Wave page - http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html
    anonymous
  • Wave Jammin'

    Great Idea. Wish future releases could bundle in music/audio collaboration. Add layers to a song.
    anonymous
  • love that last one

    this could work really well - watch out for future patents from google that incorporate this. You can then say you wrote this idea publicly first...(actually there are prob some patents already that elude to this, but no doubt with google's legal team they would tweak it to make it proprietary.)
    anonymous
  • GoogleWave

    Will Google Search remain a separate entity for those who just want to use the search function, or will one have wade through page after page to find it.

    New apps are OK for the young, but not for those who just want a simple function, and Open App, Does that not leave you exposed to the world
    anonymous