Google Wave got axed, but that doesn't mean you have to say goodbye. Big G has been working on ways to extend the technology, and today announced that Wave will live on through its official site and export options, at least until the end of the year.
If you were one of the few Wave fan kids, this means everything you created with the platform will be safe so long as you take the proper actions; although, it's still unclear what format the end result will be in. The Google Wave technology may also live on through Google's rumored social product, known today as Google Me, but that's another can of worms.
Google first introduced the collaboration platform in May of 2009, and it was soon nicknamed the Second Coming of E-mail. It was a radical concept at the time, and a number of organizations were simultaneously cautions and excited when it came to adding it to their arsenal. Others felt that the implementation was half-baked, the UI too complex, and the response time painfully sluggish. In the end, the once promising platform failed to find a perfect fit in any community, as most users couldn't figure out the best way to use it.
Google finally pulled the plug on Wave earlier this month, causing an outbreak of Wave lovers to pool together in an effort to save the platform via online petitions and some impressive rounds of begging. Unfortunately, Google isn't giving in.
"We're grateful to all the people who have been using Wave and the partners and developers who have built on and improved the technology with us," said Google Wave team member, Lars Rasmussen, in response to the outpouring. "We look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming weeks."
Head over to the Google Wave blog for more details as they're released.