Monday, June 1, 2009

Google Wave: Going to change the way we would communicate and collaborate

Google Wave made me so excited that I couldn't stop sharing my thoughts on it. It's good in a way that it has prompted me to come out of hibernation and start blogging again.

Last week during the Google I/O conference, Google unveiled developer preview of it's new collaboration tool "Wave" that in my view is going to change the way we communicate.
It's built by the same Rasmussen brothers who built the famous Google Maps.
Check out the recorded demo on youtube here http://wave.google.com/. Wave runs entirely in a browser, is based on HTML 5 and a new protocol http://www.waveprotocol.org/.
Wave will be interacting with email, IM, blogs, wikis, social networking sites, Document sharing and revisions, all under a single Wave interface. Wikis which we find tremendously useful will become thing of the past.
I found 3 features delivering the "Wow factor"
- Sharing is as easy as drag and drop.
- Other person sees as you type eliminating wait and watch.
- Playback of change history
Also, see techcruch article covering it.
What are other notable announcements from the conference?
  • AppEngine for Java - Platform to write webapps in Java that runs on Google's scalable infrastructure. Google is providing it's own servlet container, datastore and service interfaces. Authentication will be provided using OAUTH , Google's authentication mechanism. For more info http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/java/overview.html
  • Google Elements - easy way to embed google products into websites
Complete details on the conference can be found here http://code.google.com/events/io/.