In a post about enterprise barriers to collaboration, IT Business Edge's Loraine Lawson mentioned her difficulty in warming up to Google Wave, saying she found its best use - at least for her - was collaborating on shopping lists with her husband. " ... That's not exactly worth leaving your email for," she wrote.
Loraine apparently wasn't the only one who had trouble seeing Wave as a useful social platform. As BBC News reports, Google is killing off Wave, along with six other products. The list includes Google Gears, an effort to allow users to retain Web browser functionality while working offline, and Knol, a Wikipedia-like function Google hoped would help improve online content.
Some of the products will be integrated as features into other Google products, wrote Urs Hlzle, Google's vice president of operations, on the company's official blog. Google's goal is to create "a simpler, more intuitive, truly beautiful Google user experience," he said in his post.