Google swamped Microsoft on Thursday, completely overwhelming the Windows maker’s announcement about a new search engine (Bing?) with an announcement of its own about the most ambitious project the technology world has seen in a long time.
Wave, a 4-years-in-the-making Google project is a new open source communications platform that aims to seamlessly integrate email, IM, real-time document sharing/collaboration, photo-sharing and more.
Some wonder wether Wave will be bloatware, taking an “everything but the kitchen sink” approach to tempting users with its charms, while others already see it as the height of Google’s arrogance, despite the fact that it hasn’t even been released yet.
Developers at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, where the announcement was made, seemed most excited about the possibilities Wave’s open source architecture creates. Wave’s open XMPP based protocol already has collaboration software developer Zoho gushing about the interoperability promises implied by Wave’s open source underpinnings and imagines it will only advance its users’ satisfaction with real-time communications.
Currently Wave is available as a developer preview and Google announced no timeline for public release of the platform but has established a sign-up page to keep tabs on public interest in the project.
If you have an hour and twenty minutes to spare, you can watch the Wave keynote announcement below: