Recently Google has been cleaning some of their applications and services. Now it’s the turn of Google Wave, the Knol Encyclopedia and Gears the system for offline navigation, among others.
None of this service received much attention so Google had an easy choice. “We are in the process of closing a series of products that haven’t got any impact…” pointed out Urs Hölzle, vice president of operations of the company.
The products that will disappear are:
Google Wave, an attempt to combine the mails with instant messages in real time. Closes in April.
Favorite List, allowed users to share favorites with friends. Closes in December.
Google Gears, a system that allowed using the navigator while offline. Closes in December.
Knol, an attempt to make a better encyclopedia, but with articles written by experts.
Among other Google creates all kind of projects that sometimes are not very related with their business. It’s normal that some of them fail and have to be dismissed. (AV)