Google Wave Now Part of Google Apps, Open to All
Google opened up Google Wave to everyone at the Google I/O show in San Francisco May 19, bringing the real-time collaboration platform to consumers and Google Apps business users alike for free. Google Apps administrators can opt-in to enable Google Wave free for their Google Apps Standard, Premier and Education edition users through the Labs tab in Google Apps. Google has also open-sourced its rich text editor, the driving force behind functionality that lets users type and edit each other's work in real-time.Google opened up Google Wave to everyone at the Google I/O show in San Francisco May 19, a fitting gesture for the real-time collaboration platform the company launched to great interest at the same event one year ago. Google Wave is one big mashup of e-mail, instant messaging, photo and video-sharing combined with real-time text editing. Until today, the platform was rolled out in stages and there are more than 1 million active Wave users.
Lars Rasmussen, engineering manager for Google Wave, said he is confident Wave is now ready for the big time so the company made Wave available to all consumers and business users.