Microsoft is bringing back Google Wave
Google Wave, the catastrophic real-time messaging and collaboration service launched by Google in 2009 and shut down suddenly in 2010, is being resurrected by Microsoft.
Perhaps we should have foreseen this. Microsoft unveiled the Fluid Framework in 2019. (not to be mixed up with the Fluent design system). The goal here was to reimagine the nature of business documents and how developers construct real-time apps.
Fluid was open-sourced last year, and the business began incorporating it into a couple of its own Office apps. Microsoft Wave Loop, a new product built on Fluid, was announced today at the company’s Ignite conference.
Loop is a novel software — and concept — that uses the Fluid framework to offer a new experience for users to collaborate on documents. The Fluid framework enables developers with customizable components to mix and match in order to construct real-time editing-based apps. In many respects, that was also Google Wave’s promise: real-time collaboration with a developer framework and protocol to bring Wave everywhere.
Isn’t that what Teams is for, you could ask? Why isn’t this something that Teams already has? Yes, all of that is planned, but there will also be a Loop app, which “combines a powerful and flexible canvas with portable components that move freely and stay in sync across applications – enabling teams to think, plan, and create together,” according to Microsoft.
Loop is made up of three parts: Loop components, or “atomic units of productivity” (hat tip to whoever coined that phrase), such as lists, tables, notes, and tasks; Loop components, or “atomic units of productivity” (hat tip to whoever coined that phrase); and Loop components, or “atomic units of productivity” (hat tip to whoever coined that phrase).
“Flexible canvases where you can organise your components and pull in other relevant features like as files, connections, or data to let teams think, connect, and interact,” according to Loop websites. and Loop workplaces, which are collaborative locations where you can see what everyone else is working on and measure progress toward common goals.
One feature that Wave lacked but Loop appears to have in spades is the ability to follow your mouse movement in real-time. That is the present status of the metaverse for you. After all, nothing screams “I’m present and engaged at a meeting” like dragging your mouse about.
A vote table (a day-one feature of Google Wave, I may add) and a progress tracker are two new Loop/Fluent components that will be available shortly.
Google Wave was unquestionably ahead of its time.