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Microsoft launches Google Wave

Google Wave, the disastrous real-time messaging and collaboration tool Google created in 2009 and prematurely discontinued in 2010, is being revived by Microsoft.

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Perhaps we should have foreseen this. Microsoft unveiled the Fluid Framework in 2019. (not to be confused with the Fluent design system). The goal here was to re-invent the way business papers are created and how developers create real-time applications. Fluid was open-sourced last year, and the business began integrating it into a couple of its own Office products. It’s releasing a completely new product built on top of Fluid today at its Ignite conference: Microsoft Wave Loop.

Microsoft launches Google Wave
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Loop is a novel software — and concept — that uses the Fluid framework to offer a new way for users to interact on documents. The Fluid framework enables developers with flexible components to mix and match in order to construct real-time editing-based apps. In many respects, it was also Google Wave’s promise: real-time collaboration with a developer framework and protocol that would allow Wave to be used everywhere.

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You might be thinking, “Isn’t that what Teams is for?” Why isn’t this a feature of Teams? Yes, all of that is in the works, but Microsoft also plans to release a Loop app, which “combines a powerful and flexible canvas with portable components that move freely and stay in sync between apps,” according to Microsoft.– enabling teams to think, plan and create together.”

Microsoft launches Google Wave
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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.

The wave never had what Loop appears to have as a basic feature: Loop follows your mouse movement in real-time. That, my friends, is the current status of the metaverse.

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Microsoft launches Google Wave
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After all, moving your mouse about in a meeting implies “I’m present and active.”

A voting table (a Google Wave feature from day one, I may add) and a progress tracker are two new Loop/Fluent components coming shortly.

Google Wave was definitely a forerunner in its field.

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