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Google is set to offer 100,000 more testers access to Wave platform

We already know a lot about the collaboration service coming from Google called Wave. The new Wave platform has so far been seen only by developers and press at events designed to showcase the platform's capability.

Since Wave was first introduced, Google has been signing people up as beta testers for Wave in exchange for the users reporting bugs in the platform. Google is now set to roll Wave out to 100,000 of those beta testers as the next step in taking the Wave platform to the big time.

Starting on September 30, the 100,000 beta users will be able to start using Wave. The Wave service is a collaborative environment that allows users to share all sorts of content like video and documents as well as voice and video chat services.

Wave first broke cover back in late May and in July, it was offered to thousands of devs for testing. However, the new test pool is much larger than the original tester pool. The release to a much larger beta tester pool is a lead up to the official public offering of Wave.

Forrester research analyst Ted Schadler said, "Because Google Wave requires people to think about working differently, it's not clear yet what the sweet spot will be. However, you can bet that vendors and CTOs will be watching this with interest to see what develops."

Wave also has functionality similar to a Wiki in that users can write documents to share with others on their wave and that content can be edited by any other user on the wave. Third-party companies are also looking at wave as a platform to launch other types of software offerings. British Telecom plans to launch VoIP gadgets for the Wave platform as an example.

Schadler continued saying, "It's a time of experimentation. We see many companies and plenty of vendors, including all the big collaboration and productivity vendors, looking at new forms of document-based collaboration."

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At my small business...
By theplaidfad on 9/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: At my small business...
By Omega215D on 9/28/2009 12:36:23 PM , Rating: 3
But did you guys give it a cool name? ;P

I'm surfin' the net with a little help from Google's Wave!

Getting ready to run in 3...2....1...

RE: At my small business...
By Suntan on 9/28/2009 1:29:35 PM , Rating: 3
yeah, here we use Microsoft's Sharepoint, which is a big PITA, but is sorta useful when you are working with subcontractors at different companies in different parts of the world (no access to your network, even with a VPN.)

That said, I find it a little hard to believe that larger corporations (the kind that would actually make use of this stuff) would be willing to use something free from Google, when they can have the comfort of paying for the service from someone else. ;)


RE: At my small business...
By Master Kenobi on 9/28/2009 1:54:49 PM , Rating: 5
Sharepoint is a tried and true solution though that integrates well with existing security and domain infrastructure. I've seen nothing from Google to indicate it will be capable of such integration.

RE: At my small business...
By SiliconAddict on 9/28/2009 7:10:26 PM , Rating: 3
Wow so your shared drive is available to me? Give me the URL for it so I can work on the file at the same time, store chats in it, store e-mails, documents, and have developers add their site to your "shared drive" so it works with apps like twitter, facebook, etc.

Oh your "shared drive" can't do that?

Shut the hell up then.

RE: At my small business...
By Alexvrb on 9/28/2009 7:55:55 PM , Rating: 2
It's a Private Wave. Like, duh, or something. You need access to the VPN and the proper priveleges. I've got a Personal Wave on my home network. If you get a bunch of Waves and put them on Google Wavenet, you get a Major Wave. Get with the Wavegram.

OK that's it, all these waves have wiped me out...

RE: At my small business...
By theplaidfad on 9/29/2009 1:27:42 PM , Rating: 2
First of all, I'll speak when and where I want.

Second of all, did you not read the part that said, "At my small business"? I'm simply pointing out that this wave isn't one we plan on riding.

Why do you need a URL to our shared drive? Are you an employee I didn't know about? We have no other offices, and only about 30 people work in the office here. A simple shared network drive is all we need to share files. Work on them at the same time? It's called "Save As". Also, I'm sure the twitter and facebook app connectivity would REALLY speed along productivity here.

Think before you post, pal.

Now can you digest that
By crystal clear on 9/28/2009 2:01:20 PM , Rating: 2
Google is offering a new Internet Explorer plug-in that turns Microsoft's browser into a Google browser.

Today, we're releasing an early version of Google Chrome Frame, an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer.

We're building Google Chrome Frame to help web developers deliver faster, richer applications like Google Wave. Recent JavaScript performance improvements and the emergence of HTML5 have enabled web applications to do things that could previously only be done by desktop software. One challenge developers face in using these new technologies is that they are not yet supported by Internet Explorer. Developers can't afford to ignore IE — most people use some version of IE — so they end up spending lots of time implementing work-arounds or limiting the functionality of their apps.

With Google Chrome Frame, developers can now take advantage of the latest open web technologies, even in Internet Explorer. From a faster Javascript engine, to support for current web technologies like HTML5's offline capabilities and <canvas>, to modern CSS/Layout handling, Google Chrome Frame enables these features within IE with no additional coding or testing for different browser versions.

RE: Now can you digest that
By crystal clear on 9/28/2009 2:09:36 PM , Rating: 2
Note this from the above link -

We're building Google Chrome Frame to help web developers deliver faster, richer applications like Google Wave.

RE: Now can you digest that
By crystal clear on 9/28/2009 2:26:13 PM , Rating: 2
Now expect a wave of plug ins....

Say like a Google plug-in that turns Microsoft Outlook into Gmail.

Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook

Now businesses can run Microsoft Outlook on Google Apps instead of Microsoft Exchange, so they can achieve the cost savings, security and reliability of Google Apps while employees use the interface they prefer for email, contacts and calendar.
Get the datasheet

Whats the next plug in....any clues ?

RE: Now can you digest that
By SiliconAddict on 9/28/2009 7:14:50 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully an addin for Windows Federated Search.

Sharepoint? Your missing the point!
By feelingshorter on 9/29/2009 12:10:18 AM , Rating: 3
If you've seen the Google demos of Wave, you'd immediately understand as a student.

Right now, I'm chatting with friends on google chat (via aim and email) trying to get some physics done. If only there was something that allowed me to draw stuff out, and let all the people in the group see it. Even better if it saved the "session" like a table where anyone in the group can come, work on some stuff, write on the board, and then leave it there for others to see later.

Or for anatomy and physiology class, there'd be a virtual "room" created where everyone can upload their pictures, write comments on how to learn certain aspects of human physiology, and leave it on the "table".

I dont know what Sharepoint is but all i know is nothing exist to do what i just described for free and with ease. I'm tired of going into yahoo and using graffiti game to write stuff out or use MS paint to draw crap and email it, and then have to forward oh so many emails.

Google is on to something OBVIOUS. It should have been done by MS, Apple, Facebook or even Yahoo long ago (had yahoo realized how many people used their grafitti game to draw out stuff in real time for school related collaborations). The way chat is done now is just inefficient when you need to start working with people who aren't online all the time. Not to mention email (and even chat) is too linear. Email isnt good for everything.

Who else beside me is excited about this? Not even from a student standpoint but from an average person. Who doesn't have a hobby and was waiting for something like this so you can collaborate with friends on doing certain projects?

By magneticfield on 9/29/2009 7:13:59 AM , Rating: 2
I'm as excited about it as you are.

I hope all projects at the place I work will be better organised with GW, as the functional request sometimes go trough lots of changes during many meetings, phone calls, emails and even IM's.

I would use it for my hobby projects too.

Great Information.........
By jmybray on 9/30/2009 5:02:49 AM , Rating: 2
Think of it as IM on steroids, with one standardized protocol for chat, email, file sharing, collaboration etc.

I have no idea what it is
By dknannes on 10/1/2009 5:20:38 AM , Rating: 2
I have google wave from this invitation thing i signed up for and they accepted it so i tried it. i have no idea what it is, what to do with it, or how to debug it. any ideas?

Google Wave.......
By neojakson on 10/16/2009 4:20:43 AM , Rating: 2
It looks like Google Wave has the same invite process as Gmail did all those years ago.

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