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Apache Software Foundation Will Be 'Incubator' for Google Wave

December 13, 2010

The Apache Software Foundation will be an “incubator” for the largely abandoned Google Wave product, according to a report from Digital Trends.

Google abandoned Wave after many users were disappointed with it. When it was released, Google said it would significantly change e-mail, instant messaging, and document collaboration.

Now, Wave will continue as the open source Apache Wave, as part of Apache’s incubator program, Digital Trends reports.

unified communications reported in August that Wave was abandoned after it failed to get enough customer use. It was supposed to merge social networking and e-mail, said unified communications CEO Rich Tehrani, his blog. But users did not get it.

"We liked the [user interface of Wave] and we liked a lot of the new features in it [but] it didn't get enough traction, so we are taking those technologies and applying them to new technologies that are not announced," Google CEO Eric Schmidt said. "We'll get the benefit of Google Wave but it won't be as a separate product."

In August, unified communications explained Google's was rolling some of the better features of Wave into a social networking tool that would rival Facebook.

Digital Trends said that code contributors outside of Google have signed on to the project, wanting to advance the Wave in a Box product and the Wave Federation protocols.

The news about the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and Wave comes just as ASF has resigned from the Java SE/EE Executive Committee after 10 years as a member. Oracle is trying to get the foundation to stay on.

In a statement reported by unified communications, ASF said it had no option because it claims Oracle was interfering with the “transparent governance” of Java ecosystem and ASF was unhappy with the recent vote on approving Java SE 7. 

Ed Silverstein is a unified communications contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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