Hmm… Perhaps the very positive market response to Office Web Apps was a factor in this Google move.
EtherPad, described by AppJet as a "Web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time," will keep operating until the end of March 2010, at which point all existing hosted accounts will be deleted, AppJet said on Friday in its official blog.
Existing users are already complaining about these plans in comments to the AppJet blog posting. "This is the worst news ever. Google Wave is NOT an alternative to EtherPad. The clean design and, above all, the task specificity of EtherPad makes it vastly superior. I've been using Google Wave for over a month now and it just doesn't compare to the months of wonderful service and growth from EtherPad. Boo," wrote one disenchanted EtherPad user.