Google is entering the next phase of testing for the Google Wave platform by inviting developers who have been active with the Google Wave program, users who signed up to participate in beta testing, and a select group of Google Docs customers. Google unveiled the ambitious Google Wave project at the Google IO Conference earlier this year.
Wave is a communications platform that consolidates an array of popular communications methods into a single interface. Google Wave ties together email, instant messaging, blogging, document sharing, wikis, and multimedia content in one platform that also facilitates real-time sharing and collaboration. Google Wave was developed by Jens and Lars Rasmussen, the sibling developer duo that created Google Maps. The Rasmussen’s believe that traditional email is the snail-mail of the Internet era and they are hoping to revolutionize online communication with Wave.