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Google to wipe out Wave

Decides to pull down the service after it fails to draw in enough users

Google expected more people to use Wave.
Google expected more people to use Wave.

Google no longer has plans of making Wave a standalone product and will instead extend the technology for use in other Google projects.

Google initially released Wave, a web application for real-time communication and collaboration, to 100,000 select users in September last year and gave them the choice of nominating other users to receive other invites as well. Numbers however remained low, the company has revealed.

"...Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked," Urs Hölzle, senior VP of Operations and Google Fellow in a company blog post.

Google will maintain the Wave site "at least through the end of the year" and that innovation using the technology will go on.

"The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave's innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily ‘liberate' their content from Wave," he added.