Google Wave: A Complement or Replacement for Google Apps?
Google Wave, the e-mail, instant messaging, file sharing and social networking prototype application, rolled out to 6,000 programmers in a developer preview Monday, sparking spirited articles from those who have tested it. Analysts discuss the enterprise prospects of Google Wave with eWEEK and wonder whether Wave might replace Google Apps as a messaging and collaboration platform.Some of the 6,000 programmers Google provided a developer preview for Google Wave, the experimental platform that blends e-mail, instant messaging and social networking in one communications palette, are raving about the application. For most of us who can't use it, their words are our guide until Sept. 30, which is when Google will set the Wave rolling out to 100,000 general population users who have signed up to test it from the Wave home page.
It's early days for Wave, which is not expected to be commercialized for a couple years, but Wave has the potential to significantly augment, if not replace, some of the components in Google Apps. Google Apps includes Google's Gmail, Google Docs, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Video for businesses and the Google Sites wiki app.