Google Wave will be here…shortly!

Google recently previewed Google Wave, its next-generation, unified communication platform set to launch later this year. In Google’s words, “Google Wave is a new model for communication and collaboration on the web.” It combines features of IM, email, wikis, web chat, social networking, and project management in a single browser-based communication client.

What seems to set Google Wave apart are the following features:

Real-time: You can see what someone else is typing, character-by-character

Embeddability: Waves can be embedded on any site or part of a site

Drag-and-drop file sharing: Instead of attaching files, users can just drop a file into a wave and make it accessible to all

And of course, it is all open source and developers can build extensions and apps for the Wave.

Google Wave comes with its own terminology – Embeds, Robots, Gadgets etc. It is billed as the ultimate real-time collaboration tool.

According to our sister program, the Infrastructure Executive Council, most enterprises are seeking to roll-out collaboration technologies – it won’t be a stretch to imagine that end-users will be clamoring for Google Wave in the enterprise. It would be well worth it for security professionals to spend some time assessing the proposed features and have a point of view before Google Wave (and other such unified collaboration platforms) go live!

Ben Parr’s article provides a good overview of Google Wave and its features.

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