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has pulled the plug on its ambitious 'Wave' online collaboration project, citing lack of user interest.
Google Wave, a Web app for real time communication and collaboration, was launched amidst much fanfare at the Google I/O event last year, although the Internet giant has now decided to abandon its Wave effort.
"Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked," explained Urs Hölzle, Google's senior vice president of operations, in a blog posting that appeared late on Wednesday. "We don't plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects."
Key features of Wave, which was once touted as a potential challenger to email, included character-by-character live typing, and the ability to drag-and-drop files from the desktop.
"The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave's innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source," added Hölzle. "So customers and partners can continue the innovation we began."
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York
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