Say good-bye to Google Wave. The real-time collaborative editing service, which initially launched back in 2009, is being swept under the rug at some point today. However, it’s not like we didn’t know this was coming; the service has been read-only since the end of January.
The idea for Wave was excellent; the execution? Not so much. Wave did manage a great deal of hype, as the service was invite-only during its initial launch. But its spread was greatly restricted, and hype eventually turned into lack of interest, and alas, Wave’s untimely demise. If you have any waves attached to the service, you’ll need to export them before it’s gone for good. If you’d like to follow Google’s forgotten project into the afterlife, Wave will continue on through Apache Foundation’s Incubator program under the alter-ego Apache Wave.