Yesterday Google unveiled their upcoming product Google Wave. And if you haven’t heard of it yet, you surely will soon, as everyone is starting to talk about it already. I watched their presentation of it yesterday and was very impressed. It can very well be the next big thing, especially since its being made available as an open standard for everyone to use and build upon, just like email is today, not a closed proprietary system. If people adopt it, this might be the way we communicate and collaborate in the future.
Yesterday, during the Google I/O keynote, Google’s VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, laid out a grand vision for the direction Google sees the web heading towards with the move to the HTML 5 standard. While we’re not there yet, all the major browser players besides Microsoft are aligned and ready for the next phase, which will include such things as the ability to run 3D games and movies in the browser without additional plug-ins. But Google wants to take it one step further with a brand new method of communication for this new era. It’s called Google Wave.
Everyone uses email and instant messaging on the web now, but imagine if you could tie those two forms of communication together and add a load of functionality on top of it. At its most fundamental form, that’s essentially what Wave is. Developed by brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen and Stephanie Hannon out of Google’s Sydney, Australia offices, Wave was born out of the idea that email and instant messaging, as successful as they still are, were both created a very long time ago. We now have a much more robust web full of content and brimming with a desire to share stuff. Or as Lars Rasumussen put it, “Wave is what email would look like if it were invented today.”
Below is the video of the presentation. It’s quite long, but it’ll give you an insight into what is to come later this year….