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May 28, 2009

Microsoft Shows Off Bing, But Google Is Not Doing the Standing Still

The big news today is Microsoft's preview of Bing, the latest upgrade to the Microsoft search engine.  I have a long post about it at the Law Librarian blog, so feel free to check it out here.  Google has its own revolutionary product brewing, and it's starting to come on to the radar.  It's called Google Wave.  It combines email, chat, and other social contacts and sharing in real time.  Wave is not available yet to the general public.  Screen shots and descriptions are at the Google Wave site.  Here is one description from the site:

What is a wave?

  • A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.
  • A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.
  • A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

As news and other information sources describe it, Google Wave seems to be a combination of mail, chat, video, games, pictures and more updated in real time.  It sounds like Facebook, Twitter, and Google (Orkut?) rolled up into one massive social communication site.  The Official Google Blog describes it even further here.  I'm not sure if Google Wave will become popular.  A lot of Google services are used heavily, but not universally.  Nonetheless, Google is upping the ante on keeping people involved at their site with this move.

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If I had to wager a guess I would say that Google Wave is going to be a huge success... While it's an extremely ambitious project, it appears to tailor to every desire that an average internet user would want. I'm eagerly anticipating its release and I commend you for passing this story along to your readers...Great Post!

Posted by: Frog | Jun 2, 2009 11:10:56 AM

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