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Google scraps Wave and other products

Jenny Williams

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.

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.


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