Google will scrap its collaboration tool Google Wave - once billed as the future of e-mail - as part of a product clear-out.
From April 2012, the Wave platform will be turned off after the company stopped development for it in August 2010, following disappointing uptake since its launch in 2009.
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Other products to be shut down include Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites and collaborative web content creation platform, Knol, which will be replaced with an open-source platform, Annotum.
In a blog post, Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of operations at Google, said: “We’re in the process of shutting a number of products which haven’t had the impact we’d hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward. Overall, our aim is to build a simpler, more intuitive, truly beautiful Google user experience."
Google Gears will also be shut down on 1 December. Hölzle said: “This is part of our effort to help incorporate offline capabilities into HTML5, and we’ve made a lot of progress.”
Earlier in the year, Google said it was shutting down Google Buzz as well as Jaiku, a product it acquired in 2007 that let users send updates to friends.
Google finished its trial of social network, Google+, in September 2011, opening up the platform to new members without an invitation.