May 29, 2009

Google Wave — finally a Microsoft killer?

Google held a superbly-received preview of a new technology called Google Wave, which promises to “reinvent communication.” In simplest terms, Google Wave is a software platform that:

If this all works out, Google Wave could play merry hell with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.

I suspect it will.

And by the way, there’s a cool “natural language” angle as well.

For starters, here are some basic links:

Here are some reasons I think Google Wave could actually live up to its promise:

One note: Google of course needs to improve the reliability and customer service of its cloud-based offerings to make a huge dent in Microsoft’s market. But even with its flaws Google has already been a good alternative for a while.

As for the “natural language” angle: At the 44:30 mark of the main Google Wave video is a demo of some cool, very grammar-sensitive spell-checking technology. Google’s spell-checking technology is further discussed in a separate, short video.  The basic idea is that Google uses its vast library of web pages — and email and chat? — not just to model intended word usage but also kinds of mis-spelling behavior as well.


3 Responses to “Google Wave — finally a Microsoft killer?”

  1. Reinventing business intelligence | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on June 2nd, 2009 3:28 pm

    […] reason I’m finally buckling down and posting on this subject is the announcement of Google Wave, which I think foreshadows a revolution in communication and collaboration technology. Google Wave augurs two primary advances. First, it shows how to make email, instant messaging, […]

  2. Google declares total war on Microsoft | Text Technologies on July 8th, 2009 4:23 am

    […] attack on Microsoft — even more so than Google Wave, which I’ve predicted will “play merry hell with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, an…,” or for that matter than Google Mail and the rest of Google Apps. Taken together, […]

  3. Sachendra Yadav on July 26th, 2009 8:21 am

    I don’t know if we can so far as to call it Microsoft killer. However, the biggest problem it solves is that you no longer have to write “See comments inline”

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