Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Google Wave

This week tech bite is Google Wave , Experimental email and instant messaging from Google Australia.

What it will do:
Wave can start a message like an e-mail, and then see it become a chat or IM conversation, and then go into collaboratively editing a document . All this is possible through one medium called Google Wave. This is more of communicating and collaborating at the same time. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

How it Works:
In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it . They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It's concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. Operational Transformation (OT) is the primary algorithm that manages Google Wave. Google Wave API is open source, you can add new features by coding the API.

When it is coming: It is available in sandbox for limited users now.

What are the Features :
It includes a rich text editor and other functions like desktop drag-and-drop .

Google Wave can also be considered a platform with a rich set of open APIs that allow developers to embed waves in other web services.

The Google Wave protocol is the underlying format for storing and the means of sharing waves, and includes the "live" concurrency control, which allows edits to be reflected instantly across users and services .

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