Google Wave to reappear as … Wave in a Box!

Google Wave was a personal communication & collaboration tool which however did not really take off as expected, and finally failed. While there were die-hard fans who even started a Save Wave movement, Google ultimately decided to discontinue it.

Now it seems that after considerable deliberations, Google has now decided to release the Google Wave code in the form of an application.

Google refers to its as “Wave in a Box.”

This project will include:

  • An application bundle including a server and web client supporting real-time collaboration using the same structured conversations as the Google Wave system
  • A fast and fully-featured wave panel in the web client with complete support for threaded conversations
  • A persistent wave store and search implementation for the server (building on contributed patches to implement a MongoDB store)
  • Refinements to the client-server protocols
  • Gadget, robot and data API support
  • Support for importing wave data from
  • The ability to federate across other Wave in a Box instances, with some additional configuration.

“While Wave in a Box will be a functional application, the future of Wave will be defined by your contributions. We hope this project will help the Wave developer community continue to grow and evolve,” says Alex North, Software Engineer, Google Wave team.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.


  1. Is it a Box or a Tomb…

  2. ^ LOL, Wave in a Tomb does have a ring to it !

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