Google Kills Off Wave

Google has announced that it is to end support for its cross-platform communication tool Wave, BBC News has reported.

Wave, a real time collaboration and communication tool launched only last year, has been axed due to a lack of user take-up. It was developed by brothers Jens and Lars Rasmussen, the developers behinds Google's popular maps feature.

“Wave has not seen the adoption we would have liked. We don't plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects," stated Urs Holzle, a representative of Google in the company blog.

While addressing a tech conference in Lake Tahoe, California, Google CEO Eric Schmidt acknowledged that Wave was a failure, but stated that Google is always ready to innovate and experiment without fear of failure.

He said that the company believes in celebrating its successes as well as its failures.