Some hands-on Wave prototype notes – see the full article
Google just opened up to a limited audience its very interesting communications experiment called Wave (news stories). Our hands-on evaluation: there's a lot to like. It really is a more contemporary take on communications. But it will knock many e-mail users off-balance.
The merger of e-mail, instant messaging, and collaborative editing is overdue. Aside from the inertia of technology, there's no reason we should we need different applications--an e-mail client (or site), an instant messenger, and a collaborative editor--for variations on the theme of textual communication. I give Google a lot of credit for kicking off this experiment.
It’ll be interesting to see how long the press/blogosphere Wave honeymoon lasts.