Google Wave is a web application and computing platform designed to bring together e-mail, instant messaging, wiki, and social networking, with a strong collaborative focus, mixed with spellchecker and translator extensions, which are able to work in concert, in real-time.

GwaveA “wave” is equal parts conversation and document, where users can almost instantly communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

Google Wave has a lot of innovative features, but here are just a few:

– Real-time: In most instances, you can see what someone else is typing, character-by-character.

– Embeddability: Waves can be embedded on any blog or website.

– Applications and Extensions: Just like a Facebook application or an iGoogle gadget, developers can build their own apps within waves. They can be anything from bots to complex real-time games.

– Wiki functionality: Anything written within a Google Wave can be edited by anyone else, because all conversations within the platform are shared. Thus, you can correct information, append information, or add your own commentary within a developing conversation.

– Open source: The Google Wave code will be open source, to foster innovation and adoption amongst developers.

– Playback: You can playback any part of the wave to see what was said.

– Natural language: Google Wave can autocorrect your spelling, even going as far as knowing the difference between similar words, like “been” and “bean.” It can also auto-translate on-the-fly.

– Drag-and-drop file sharing: No attachments; just drag your file and drop it inside Google Wave and everyone will have access.

To sum it up – Google wave allows you to

  • Transform plain vanilla email and instant messaging conversations
  • Share photos and other rich media types
  • Provides a platform to build blogging sites, discussion groups and wikis
  • Allows to collaboratively edit documents
  • Provide a platform to build extensions from games to spell checkers, map gadgets, poll extensions, integration gateways to other communication systems (like Twitter or Facebook) or workflow systems
  • Provide protocols for others to build their own WAVE systems (Google independent) that all can communicate with one another

Google wave will be availible later this year!

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