In early 2009, a team of Google Developer from Sydney Australia launched a web based real-time collaborative editing tool known as Google Wave. It was going to change the way we communicate and collaborate online. It was going to make ‘email’ obsolete. It was going to be revolutionary. However, it falls short.
The adoption rate is not as promising. While geeks loves it, the average joe doesn’t seem to get it. More then a year ago, Google announced that they will no longer developed new features for Google Wave, signaling its death. Google did maintain the Wave website, longer then aspect.
The recent Google Wave announcement specifies the exact date of which the Google Wave services will be terminated. As of January 31st 2012, all waves will be read-only. On April 30th, 2012, all Google Wave will be turned off. You will be able to export your wave until the service is turned off.
If you still would like to use Google Wave, you can get the codes from the open source project Apache Wave. This also means that you’ll have to setup your servers and such.