The worst desktop developments of 2010: Google Wave comes -- and goes


The worst of 2010: Google Wave comes -- and goes

Google Wave comes -- and goes
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Google Wave was announced in May 2009 and released to the public a year later -- but it quickly vanished. (Google announced in August that Wave would no longer be a standalone product.) While the product had some interesting features that supported real-time collaboration and conversations, it was too cumbersome and too different to be a part of most users' desktops. Think of it as Google's answer to Microsoft's Groove, which also came and went quickly for similar reasons. Wave formed the basis for a similar product from Novell -- first called Pulse, now Vibe -- that went into beta in November 2010.

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David Strom is a freelance writer and professional speaker based in St. Louis. He is former editor in chief of, Network Computing magazine and Read more from Strom at

This was first published in December 2010

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