If there ever was an example of a technology product failing because it was too ahead of its time, then Google Wave would be it. It was a splendid offering from Google and was the next big way to communicate and share in real time. We remember searching with bated breath for the Google Wave invite after seeing the video of the official announcement. Due to lack of interaction on the platform, Google announced that they were shutting the service.
Today, Google sent a mailer to all those who had signed up for Wave, saying that they will be shutting down the product on April 30, 2012. From January 31, 2012, all the waves will be read only and can be exported to your personal computers in a PDF form. The wave technology has been open sourced and has been handed for incubation with the Apache Foundation of the Apache Web Server fame. Parts of the technology has also been used in Google+. If you would still like to use Wave you can use Apache Wave and Walkaround. Walkaround has also some experimental support for exporting waves from your Google account to itself.
Google has been killing off quite a few projects lately. The first one to go was Wave, followed by Labs and there are many more which will fall under the axe soon according to this official Google Blog post. They are Google Gears, Friend Connect, Bookmarks list, Search timeline, Knol and Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE<C).
Google’s second attempt at social networking, Google Buzz is also scheduled to go away soon although there is no official statement. Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Operations explains the move saying that these technologies have served their purpose and their features will thus be integrated in the functioning of other products rather than serving as standalone products. Google’s new aim is for an entire ecosystem surrounding its Chrome OS and Android products. They have invested a lot in a consistent and connected social product, Google+ .
Their launch of Google Music and ensuring that Docs, Mail and Calendar Chrome apps work offline points towards their eagerness to be at the forefront in cloud computing.