Six months after unveiling Google Wave in by-invitation-only beta, Google has finally put this service into Google Labs. This means that you don’t need to search or wait for invites anymore. You can just visit wave.google.com and start using this collaboration and communication tool.
According to Google, the latest version of Google Wave in Labs is faster, more stable and much more easier to use. Google has done many improvements to the service for the past six months. These include – email notifications when a wave has changed, easy navigation to unread parts of a wave, and a facility for removing participants which you’ve added by mistake. Â In addition, Google has also added permission management options and an extensions gallery to Google Wave.
For Google Apps administrator, Google has also activated Wave. So, you can now easily enable it for all your users.
For developers, Google has also launched several improvements to the Wave APIs and has open-sourced additional components for building customized Wave services.
And in case you have no idea how to use Google Wave for your own collaboration and communication work, here are examples that you might want to emulate:
Business: Co-workers at companies large and small are using Wave, fromÂ writing software code at Lyn and Line andÂ coordinating ad campaigns at Clear Channel Radio, toÂ international project communications for Deloitte’s As One project.
Education: University students and professors worldwide have used waves within and beyond the classroom toÂ collaborate on Latin poetry translations,Â write academic research papers and evenÂ build new functionality with Wave’s APIs. An ICT teacher also enjoyed having her 5th-graders do theirÂ class research in Wave.
Creative collaboration: FromÂ virtual art classes to writing theÂ Complete Guide to Google Wave itself, waves make it easier for groups to review and critique multimedia content like images and videos. (We’ve heard that Wave is fun forÂ gaming, too.)
Organizations and conferences: TheÂ Debatewise Global Youth panel explored climate change across 100 countries and waves atÂ eComm (Emerging Communication Conference),LCA 2010 conference andÂ HASTAC 2010 helped track speaking sessions. We areÂ using waves in the same manner at today’s Google I/O conference.