Google Wave has taken a huge step closer this week with invites for advanced Sandbox testing being sent out to selected users.
The system which was demoed a few months ago combine email, chat, social media and elements of wiki style collective editing caused a huge buzz and has been in rapid development ever since.
This early version is far from being the finish article however many of the early bugs have been ironed out leaving a stable workable version.
the live email/chat system central to Google Wave will allow for easy collaboration and multi-media conference conversations between users. Google are hoping it represents the future of email
Lars Rasmussen Google Wave's head developer said "It struck us that e-mail is still the main communication tool on the web, which seemed remarkable given that it is 20-year-old technology. They aim to move the medium forward with their communication and collaboration tool which they descibe as "a conversation sitting in a cloud".
What is perhaps most interesting about Google Wave is it's Open Source nature means developers around the world are free to use the systems API and pitch in with their own applications. This means that the system will sone develope into it's own organic social network system in the same way Facebook has developed to encompass thousands of different application.
Further to this the openness is taken a step further by the "Google Wave Federation Protocol" which is an open protocol allowing any individual, organisation or software devloper to become a "Wave" provider and share waves with others. Just like traditional email which allows communication between users no matter which mail application or system is in use at either end this protocol will mean that Wave communication is possible regardless of what software is being used.
The testing of the system has caused huge interest in the media and on sites like Twitter as people clamour for an information on the system.