The Wave crashes

According to Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President at Google, Wave will no longer be developed and will be put in maintenance at the end of this year:

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.

This is pretty sad, really. Wave was a product ahead of it’s time and, despite a legion of loyal fans (including me!), didn’t have the uptake that Google had hoped for. I had plans on moving my blog, and pretty much my entire online life, over to Google Wave and other Google Apps.

Perhaps Google will be incorporating what they’ve learned from Wave and Buzz into their social networking foray. Google recently dropped $100M into the laps of games developers Zynga.