Google Wave Still astray from the mobile paradigm, now it's the turn of Google Wave. This is an example that not everything in life is just good ideas. If you don't make them work, then they're nothing. Just like all of the so-called DaVinci's inventions. Nice drawings, nice drafts, nice ideas, but not solutions. Google Wave was meant as "a new way of communicating" (anybody heard that before?), in a fashion where messaging (namely email) was organized in "waves", this is, all related messages were kinda bonded in a single conversation. For one, ever you heard of something called "threads" (like the current one), and for the second, have you heard of something called MS Office Outlook? The intention of these waves was to offer a coherent view of conversation within an inbox, that taken to the Cloud it may sound pretty innovative, but it didn't do anything that could be implemented in a more simple manner (perhaps a Search Thingy), and for the other there were previous solutions like Office Outlook. OK, not everybody owns nor wishes for Outlook, but again, not everybody has the head so spinned up that a messaging follow-up is a hard task. Google Wave was born like an alternative to the Google GMail Inbox, and it promised things that, in short, GMail already covered, such as merging messages in conversations, the possibility of using video instead of text, but also the chance to incorporate other nature of comms such as phone calls, Google Talk, IM, wikis, etc. I gleefully signed up, only to discover something like 5 persons to communicate with, and the place was full of shortcomings. But I was wishing to embrace 'a new paradigm' of more integrated options. Besides, the promise of integrating calls was very appealing. But each of the pieces gathered didn't work any better than any individual alternative. Eventually, Google determined that Google Wave was going nowhwere, and it stalled all progress. For two years, Google Wave kept its partially functional form. Starting in January 2012, all Google Wave became read-only, and it was shut down in April, and all the development was sent to that digital landfill that is called the Apache server. Inside the experts' communities, it was the talk that Google Wave was frozen because Google was developing Google+. I stick with the assertion that Google stopped all Wave development cause it was going nowhere. Many of the promises of Google Wave can now be seen in other websites like Facebook, such as email (namely PM) and IM all integrated, IM both website-run and client-run, VoIP integration (via Skype), and all those automated signups that you can do in a lot of websites using the "Facebook login". But all of this integration has meant a great deal of investment, such as the clear example of the Skype acquisition by Microsoft. You don't reach that level of integration without that kind of money. Nor without that kind of ROI. Thank you, Google Wave, for your limited service. You could have meant the demise of Office Outlook. But things happen, or don't, for a reason. So long.