Yesterday, Google announced that it would discontinue development of its futuristic real-time communication tool known as Wave. The post reads:

Wave has not seen the user 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. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.

The post continues by saying the Wave taught the company quite a bit, and that Google was proud of the Wave team for pushing the limits of computer science and the browser. RIP Google Wave 2009 — 2010.