More spring cleaning out of season, November 2011
Perhaps the most-loved Google orphan, Google Wave, defies description: Start with a re-imagining of email, with the message and its replies in a single location, augmented by real-time multi-user editing capabilities. And that’s just the beginning. Google released Wave to the public in May 2010. By August 2010, Google stopped development, and killed it officially in November 2011.
Google Gears also went belly-up. Once the storage engine behind Gmail, YouTube, Docs, Reader, and many more Google products, Gears was best known for mirroring cloud files onto the local computer via the browser. Google decided to add the features to HTML5.
While Google wanted Knol to turn into a Wikipedia competitor, it didn’t happen. Google turned the content over to Annotum, an open-source academic site.