29 May Google's plan to reinvent email
Google is hatching a new species of e-mail and instant messaging, but the internet search leader first wants the hybrid service to evolve even more with the help of independent computer programmers.
The free tool, called “Google Wave,” runs in a web browser and combines elements of e-mail, instant messaging, wikis and photo sharing in an effort to make online communication more dynamic.
Google hopes Wave simplifies the way people collaborate on projects or exchange opinions about specific topics.
Google offered the first glimpse of its latest offering Thursday during the Mountain View, Calif.-based company’s annual conference for software developers who build programs on top of its services. The rest of the web-surfing public won’t be able to hop on Google Wave until later in the year. (Go to http://wave.google.com for a preview.)
By the time Wave rolls out for everyone, Google hopes independent programmers will have found new ways to use the service.
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