While quite a bit could be done with Wave, consumers and developers alike had trouble wrapping their head around what it really excelled at. This was made even less apparent with the launch of Google's Buzz product less than a year later, a social sharing and discussion tool the company baked into Gmail.
To be fair, Google Wave is not well and truly dead. You can still go there and work on things, as well as export what you already have. The site will also continue to live on into next year, until Google shuts it down for real. That said, the company has completely halted active development on it.
December 15, 2010 4:00 AM PST
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