Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Google Wave Preview

I was extended an invitation to Google's Wave preview yesterday and have since spent my free time playing around with it. Luckily I've got a few friends and coworkers also evaluating the preview so I've got a small user base in which to try out the new features. So far the jury's still out on deliberation. What do I mean by that?

Well...

I started the application in IE8 which required me to down the Google Wave Framework. So I moved to chrome and made an Application Shortcut for it. When it launches it's pretty slow to load. I like sleek messaging / wave interface and the ability to see what the other person is typing. I don't like little option menu when I want to edit a message. What happened to just clicking on the message? Also the settings are still under construction and uploads also take forever. Also what is the point of pinging someone? Isn't that essentially like creating a wave with someone?

Mostly what I'm still deliberating on is wave's ACTUAL use. I've heard there are videos showing users creating collaborative documents, which could essentially replace Google Docs. But other than creating documents and chatting, what else?

I guess only time will tell. In the meantime you'll find me on it periodically through the day so say hi.

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