Stephanie Hannon, a product manager on the Google Wave team, shows off some functions of the new online communication and collaboration tool released during Thursday morning's keynote at the Google I/O developer's conference in San Francisco, Calif.
In the works for years, and spearheaded by brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen, who created Where 2 Tech, a company Google bought and which eventually turned into Google Maps, Google Wave blends e-mail and instant messaging into a rich new form of online discussions. It is an attempt to "combine conversation-type communication and collaboration-type communication," said Lars Rasmussen.
Developers will also be able to build widgets inside Wave, like this chess game. Previous changes to documents, conversations, and even games can be viewed in a playback mode. Here, the game has been rewound, and is re-playing the moves of the chess match using the player at the top of the window.
Outside communications platforms like Twitter can be integrated into Google Wave. Wave is designed to be open-source code and is built on Google Web Toolkit using HTML 5. Google hopes developers will use the open nature of Wave to build upon and within it, integrating it with other Web content and applications.