Sunday, June 14, 2009

Google Wave: A new way of Browsing

How many times you felt like you need multiple browsers to open various communication formats like 'email', 'chat', 'docs', 'blogs', 'youtube' etc. etc. while discussing with only one friend. You also might have thought Why I cant share all my docs in one place , so that everybody like my friend or team can see it and can discuss everything here at one browser in real time. Many times it happens to me like my friend tell me check this page or video or doc, he gives me link, I copy the link and open another browser and check it, sometimes link work and sometimes doesn't. Even if it works, he has to wait for me to finish reading it and come back to start discussion. Now while discussion we need to switch between the doc window and chat window multiple times, really frustrating........

Thanks to google that after few more months wait, this problem is going to resolved like forever. Google has launched the new open source product called 'Google Wave' . "Google Wave" is equal parts conversation and document, where people can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

In a simple form Google Wave is nothing but a combination of gmail, gtalk, google docs, blogger, google map, video etc etc. truly saying a combo of all, and even I can say more than that. As it is open source product, so it is also a platform with a rich set of open APIs (google wave API )that allow developers to embed waves in other web services and to build extensions that work inside waves.

Google Wave has been designed by the founders of Where 2 Tech, a start-up acquired by Google to create a cutting-edge mapping service, which later became Google Maps. According to Lars Rasmussen "In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It's concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content -- it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use "playback" to rewind the wave to see how it evolved."

It includes a rich text editor and other functions like desktop drag-and-drop (which, for example, lets you drag a set of photos right into a wave).

You can add person, chat with them, share videos, discuss about location all in real time.

As "Wave" has google wave extension so it means there are a numbers of applications available that can be used and there will be mutiple users available for interaction like playing online games such as sudoku, scramble, chess etc.

One more interesting thing is you have google map available there, so ask your friends to join for party and give the location in "Wave" using google map, get their reply immediately. Something like this.

Believe me there are a lot many other stuffs too, when you will use it , you will just say "Awesome". To know more about it, check my "Important links" sections at the last of this post.

PS: Google Wave is currently available in a developer preview as the APIs and product continue to evolve. Accounts on the developer sandbox will be given out to people intending to build with the Google Wave APIs prior to the public release.

So if you are developer and want to contribute, go get your "Wave" or wait for release mode for a few months. if you'd like to be notified when we launch Google Wave as a public product, you can sign up at here.

Important links:

1) Google Wave
2) Google Wave Developer Blog
3) Intoducing the Google Wave APIs
4) Google Wave Code Blog
5) About Google Wave
6) Google Wave: A Complete Guide
7) Google Wave Extensions: An Inside Look

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