Two months after being made available to the general public, Google Wave has already been shut down, deemed to be too complex to use.
After a presentation made with great fanfare in May 2009 and an experimental phase which began a few months later, the Google wave communication and collaboration platform was soon forgotten. We had to wait until May this year to hear anything more about it, with it being announced that it was now being released to the general public.
It appears that the Google Wave adventure is almost over before it began. Users never really got onboard, judging it to be too complex to use, leading Google to announce on Wednesday, barely two months after the end of experimental testing, that they would be stopping development and closing the service.
All of the time and energy spent in developing this solution hasn’t been wasted though. While Google Wave won’t survive as an independent service, the technologies it employed will instead be integrated into existing services or ones planned for release in the future.