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Best of 2009 Software technologies: Part2

 In this section, we will take a look at two of the most innovative of technologies to come from Google.
Google Wave



Email  is several decades old, says Google. It existed long before the web. It was designed for a different time. It is now time to reinvent the proverbial wheel.On this note, Google delivered the Wave, the email for the millenium. 




Part email, part chat, part collaboration tool, part digital white-board, Google Wave is a marvel. It provides an interface through which multiple parties can coordinate efforts on a common screen. For those of us trying to coordinate efforts on a project with email,Wave minimizes the overhead by giving every person on the team the ability to keep up with the newest status  with an ingenius playback mechanism to review the sequences of changes made to the wave after it was created..


A person who has newly joined a wave can easily bring herself up-to-date  by hitting the plgo mainstream ay button that shows her the sequence by which changes were made by other parties participating in the collaborative project.


This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to describing features of the wave. However, experience tells us that great technology by itself cannot make a ground breaking change. It remains to be seen how quickly this development would permeate our culture. Email, over the decades has become so ingrained in our habits, that we may not be able to give it up for a long time.


Is the Wave ahead of its time?Google wave is not proprietary to Google. Anyone can create applications that cater to handling waves. However, if the wave gets to be the accepted way of collaboration in the future, Google has the prime mover advantage.




Google Voice
When Google released the android, it sounded off a warning that it was marching into the mobile space.  Google voice left no further doubts about Google's intention of entering into the domain of mobile computing.(No pun intended on domain). A few months ago, the hype began when news was released that Google had bought a million phone numbers.


It was then realized that Google was onto an idea that would change the way we handle all our phones, lanline, work and mobile. I have covered  Google Voice in fair detail in a previous post


This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to describing features of the wave. However, experience tells us that great technology by itself cannot sell itself, a sentiment explained today as the mousetrap fallacy.  It remains to be seen if these two technologies would become part of our daily life.




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