Yesterday, Google announced that they are discontinuing Google Wave product development. Lack of the user adoption was stated as the primary reason. Here is the excerpt from the blog post -
"But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. 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."
I am very sad hearing this news. I liked Google Wave a lot and always used it for team collaboration and collaborative document management. Now I am eager to see what Google has to offer to migrate this content.
I also feel that Google Wave didn't pick up because of lack of proper promotion from Google. Google is always bad in promotion and lack of promotion is killing this great product. I hope they do it better in future.
I guess, they will migrate all the content to Google Apps. Some of the innovations like "character-by-character live typing" are already part of Google Apps, so it is safe to assume that Google Wave will be used in parts in Google Apps in future.
let us wait and see.