Google to Launch Google Wave Public Beta in Sept.
by Mark Hachman
Google will open its Google Wave service up to the public beginning on on Sept. 30, the company said this week.
Google launched Google Wave at its Google IO conference at the end of May, but so far the Web giant has restricted the service to 6,000 or so developers, Dan Peterson, a product manager for Google Wave, wrote on the company's blog. Now, 100,000 members of the public will be invited to try out the service.
Google Wave is a unique hybrid of email, chat, and a blog, and some expect it to eventually replace some of Google's other applications.
"In other news: this morning we announced that we plan to start extending the Google Wave preview beyond developers on September 30th. This will take place on wave.google.com rather than the separate "sandbox" instance we are currently using, and we plan to involve about 100,000 users," Peterson wrote. "In addition to the developers already using Wave, we will invite groups of users from the hundreds of thousands who offered to help report bugs when they signed up on wave.google.com."
Google did not say how invitations would be handled.
Google is currently working on the "speed, stability, and usability of Google Wave," Peterson wrote.