Google Wave

Will Google Wave be the stand-out collaboration success of 2010?

Hot on the heels of my previous post on knowledge management, I thought it would be interesting to take a more detailed look at Google Wave.  Of all the announcements in the social media/collaboration space that I’ve had chance to digest this year, Wave has the greatest resonance.

Here I’ll tell you why and hopefully it will encourage a debate from those who are better placed than me to voice an opinion…

Google eats Microsoft’s lunch with the launch of Google Wave

Sometimes winning the brand wars is all about timing. Yesterday was Microsoft’s day to shine. The software giant released a new product meant to loosen Google’s vice grip on the search market. They hope that Bing will change the way people search online. But then a funny thing happened. Google had its own product launch.

While Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was announcing Bing at the All Things Digital conference in San Diego, Google unleashed the Google Wave, a product in development for over four years. And while Ballmer spoke to a room full of executive, a group of Google engineers announced their news to 4,000 developers armed with free Google phones at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco.