Google Wave Comes Back From The Dead… As Open Source

Google Wave is back, but not in the same vein as you might think. Apache Software announced yesterday in collaboration with Novell and several prolific backers that Wave will be widely available through it's extensive open-source software catalog.

Google Wave, the search and cloud software giant’s flagship release of 2009-2010 is making a quiet return after being resurrected by Apache Software Foundation, an open-source software incubator. Apache is most well known for its HTTP web server software that is the most widely adopted web server software in use today, powering 60% of the worlds web sites.

Google’s mega-hyped social collaboration tool initially garnered praise from critics for its integrated platform and potential uses. The initial beta invites were highly sought by early adopters thus resulting in Google’s most anticipated product since the company used a similar beta invite tactic with Gmail in 2004. Wave eventually became widely available but left many confused with how it could be useful in day-to-day application. Despite initial interest, Wave simple failed to catch on with users and in August of 2010 Google made the decision to abandon the product to focus on other projects

With this rebirth from Apache, Wave has a potentially bright future as open-source leaders such as Novell back it’s re-entry that will allow it to be installed at no-cost and adopted for a variety of uses. The Wave protocol has already been adopted by Novell and put to use within it’s own collaboration tool. The release into the open-source community is welcomed news to budget-conscious companies, cash-strapped non-profits, and open-source friendly developing countries where IT budgets are tiny or non-existent. With the support of Apache, Google Wave will continue live on allowing it’s users to receive free upgrades and technical support from the community