Google to stop development of Wave

August 6, 2010

Because Google has not seen the user adoption of Wave it would have liked, the company announced last Wednesday it doesn't plan to develop the site as a standalone product, but will maintain Wave at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google products. Launched in May 2009, Google Wave was an online platform where groups could have real-time conversations, share documents and media files, and collaborate on projects. Expectations for Wave were high in academe, as some higher education bloggers had suggested that professors might use the site as a foundation for "whole interactive courses," while others had mused that Wave could challenge learning-management systems. Google Blog | Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)