Say Hello, Wave Goodbye... to email, IM, Word, photosharing...

Brian RuncimanGoogle Wave has tremendous ambition. Everything done via a browser. It's a kind of live email, IM, document editing photo sharing tool - and that description probably does it a disservice.

This film is quite long, but imagine the implications: no more email as we know it, no need for instant messaging, document editing software changed beyond recognition (could it make Word defunct?) and the presenters mention that spreadsheet functionality is forthcoming.

Surely the tools here will impact social networking and picture sites too - and I should imagine a lot else besides.

On top of all that it seems it will be optimised for mobile devices too - at least the iPhone and Android phones anyway.

Check it out. It could be brilliant.

 

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    Matthew wrote on 2nd Jun 2009

    If it does half of what they clearly hope it will do, I think it is likely to change the face of the web as we know it. You missed a couple of other things off your list - it can be a wiki and a forum and it already works with their own social network orkut - I doubt it will be long before facebook apps use it. And all open source - what fun the developers are going to have. M

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    Snowhite wrote on 3rd Jun 2009

    Consolidation on the web is maybe not the thing we would like to see happen. Just like consolidation in agriculture it could have serious detrimental impact in the not-too-far future. At the moment, everything is open source, but will it remain open source once there are only a handful of providers left? Think about it.

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    Alex R wrote on 4th Jun 2009

    It looks like it could be great, but never too sure about putting all ones eggs in one basket, the world almost did with Microsoft and now it's a struggle if you don't want to use it. Hopefully however if both will link up properly and are compatible then great, but it could end up with some of the issues of Open Office V Microsoft Office where some features are just not compatible. We will have to wait to see.

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    Dave wrote on 8th Jun 2009

    At last, someone has come up with a paradigm that makes sense. At some point in the future there'll be a replacement for the Internet. When that happens we will need new and better ways of doing things, not just the existing disparate paradigms with go-faster stripes. I think that this kind of lateral thinking paves the way.

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Brian is Head of Content at BCS and blogs about the Institute’s role in making IT good for society, historical developments in computing, the implications of CS research and more.

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