Since first unveiling the project back in May, Google has remained quiet about Wave.

Today, September 30 Google announced ot will be sending out more than 100,000 invitations to preview Google Wave to:

  • Developers who have been active in the developer preview we started back in June
  • The first users who signed up and offered to give feedback on wave.google.com
  • Select customers of Google Apps

I'm not yet among those few, but I'll get back with first impressions when my chance will come.

Google has been kept developers in touch with it's plans hoping to build an apps ecosystem around Wave. The ongoing developer preview has enabled developers to extend and embed Wave. Even more, Google has started an open-source project called Google Wave Federation Protocol that aims to enable developers to build their own Wave clients.

To get a taste of what developers have been working on, you can check the Wave's developers blog.

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A few days ago Google has launched Google Chrome Frame, an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer.

The intended purpose of this plug-in to help web developers deliver faster, richer applications like Google Wave. Using Google Chrome Frame, developers will be able to take advantage of the latest open web technologies, even in Internet Explorer. Developers may choose to use it, but the success of builing an app with features like HTML5's offline capabilities and <canvas> or modern CSS/Layout handling will depend on whether users that have IE will have this plug-in installed too.

I think though this starts a new trend for Google, by helping Microsoft to be more standards compliant instead of waiting for Microsoft to make up its mind. This will also help the addoption of Google's new apps, such as Google Wave, developed based on new HTML5 standards.

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