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02 May 12 Google Wave Dead to All Except Chrome Users


google-wave-logoGoogle has finally shut its Wave tool and told web users they can no longer access their group discussions and collaborative projects from the service, unless they are Chrome browser users.

Internet Explorer and Firefox users trying to access the Wave website are now told the hosting servers for the service have been closed completely.

“You will no longer be able to get to your waves,” says the status page.

However, Google has chosen – for the time being – to allow users of its own browser, Chrome, to access the read-only version of Google Wave. Google hasn’t confirmed how much longer Chrome users would have this access.

The long wave goodbye began in August 2010, when Google announce plans to discontinue the project. Last November, the web giant had warned it would pull the plug on the project, telling Wave users they would be able to access the service in a read-only version only from January 31 through April 30 of this year.

Its read-only users could still export their waves using the PDF export feature, read existing waves, or export their waves to an open source project called Walkaround.

Google Wave was one of the company’s first major social moves, before Buzz and Google+. Wave was Google’s attempt to “rethink email” by allowing web users to collaborate and discuss ideas through a hosted conversation, rather than through multiple emails back and forth.

Google Wave launched as an invitation-only platform at the 2009 Google I/O conference. Wave proved popular with developers, but failed to generate much interest in the wider online market. Google VP Marissa Mayer once called Wave one of Google’s biggest mistakes.

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Article source: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2171812/Google-Wave-Dead-to-All-Except-Chrome-Users

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02 May 12 Google Wave Dead to All Except Chrome Users


google-wave-logoGoogle has finally shut its Wave tool and told web users they can no longer access their group discussions and collaborative projects from the service, unless they are Chrome browser users.

Internet Explorer and Firefox users trying to access the Wave website are now told the hosting servers for the service have been closed completely.

“You will no longer be able to get to your waves,” says the status page.

However, Google has chosen – for the time being – to allow users of its own browser, Chrome, to access the read-only version of Google Wave. Google hasn’t confirmed how much longer Chrome users would have this access.

The long wave goodbye began in August 2010, when Google announce plans to discontinue the project. Last November, the web giant had warned it would pull the plug on the project, telling Wave users they would be able to access the service in a read-only version only from January 31 through April 30 of this year.

Its read-only users could still export their waves using the PDF export feature, read existing waves, or export their waves to an open source project called Walkaround.

Google Wave was one of the company’s first major social moves, before Buzz and Google+. Wave was Google’s attempt to “rethink email” by allowing web users to collaborate and discuss ideas through a hosted conversation, rather than through multiple emails back and forth.

Google Wave launched as an invitation-only platform at the 2009 Google I/O conference. Wave proved popular with developers, but failed to generate much interest in the wider online market. Google VP Marissa Mayer once called Wave one of Google’s biggest mistakes.

SES Toronto 2012 is June 11-13. Register before May 11 and save up to $300!

Article source: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2171812/Google-Wave-Dead-to-All-Except-Chrome-Users

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25 Nov 11 Google may take time to roll out chrome in India


Google is yet to take any call on rolling out Google Chrome operating system and notebook in India. Google India director Vinay Goel said that the company is focusing on the US and the UK markets and it’s a learning experience for them. “We will decide on their India launch on the basis of this learning and at an appropriate time. Right now there is no such thinking,” said Goel.

Goel who was here to flag off the Google internet bus’s journey across West Bengal, said that the street view project of Google will be resumed after it receives some regulatory clearances from the government.

Google street view, a technology featured in Google maps and google earth was supposed to revolutionise the way we approach maps in the country. This hit a roadblock in June with the Bangalore police objecting to the collection of data by Google’s cars, which were crisscrossing Bangalore city taking high definition images to give users 360 degree views of streets

Google recently terminated some of the products and services including Google Knol (Google’s version of Wikipedia), Google Gears (that allowed web applications to be used offline) and Google Wave. Goel said, “When we withdraw or terminate some products that does not mean we are terminating it forever. We are continuously experimenting and constantly taking customers feedbacks. Maybe, they will come back with improved, upgraded, refined features in some other forms.”

At present nearly 37 per cent of the estimated 82 million internet users in the country are from smaller towns. “We have also found that some 30 per cent of the internet bus users have already begun using internet. We hope this trend will continue,” Goel said.

Article source: http://www.mydigitalfc.com/news/google-may-take-time-roll-out-chrome-india-880

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