The way we communicate via the Internet is constantly changing. Email was the only two-way method in the beginning, but then there came guestbooks and bulletin boards, instant messaging, and now Twitter.
Google has added yet another method: Google Wave. Google bills this as “equal parts document and conversation.” What that means is that you can carry on conversations AND attach documents like Word docs, images, maps and more to the Wave. And although the conversation may be linear to a degree, you are actually creating a type of work space for each conversation that you can move through non-linearly.
For example, suppose you are working on a project with one or more people. In a real-world workspace, you would have a table in a meeting room with all your materials laid out: research, photos, data, etc. You could choose to look at any of these items at any time, and talk with other project members about them.
Google Wave lets you do that, but in the cyber-space. All your materials are electronic and attached to the Wave, just as if they were on a table. Conversations are real-time, more like instant messaging than email. Best of all, your conversations are recorded, so you can move through and view past comments easily.
Sounds like a very useful tool, and will definitely have its applications. But we’re not sure that this will be an email killer or Twitter killer quite yet. More likely – at least in its current form – Google Wave will turn into a project-based tool like BaseCamp and other multi-person platform. (Though it would be nice if it could capture tweets and emails into each Wave…)
As with many Google products at launch, roll out is by invitation only. To sign up for your invitation, go to:
This is where things start to really get interesting. The most telling quote is this one: "We're applying the same kind of process isolation you find in modern operating systems" (emphasis ours). Yes, Chrome not only represents Google's first browser, but is also the forerunner of its first operating system. In fact, it seems it will be an operating system that will essentially integrate the Internet rather than have it running as a separate process. Our computers will become little more than a workstation on a global network.
In retrospect, this shouldn't be too surprising. Google has been preparing us for a 100% online world for quite a while now with things like Google Docs and Calendar. We were quite sure how that would work, but Chrome may just well be a glimpse of our online future.
So what does this mean for web designers? Will the website as we know it disappear? Perhaps. Websites of today look nothing like they did on Netscape Navigator 1.0. In another 15 years, websites will probably look just as different. But what hasn't (and what won't) change is the need for designers to build and maintain those sites. We may be doing it differently, but we'll still be doing it.
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But did you know that there are 36+ web browsers out there?
The folks at All Web Design Blog do. In fact, they've complied a list of them complete with short descriptions, a screen shot, and links to where you can download it.
Now you might not feel the need to test on all three dozen web browsers, but it is still an interesting compliation. And as an extra bonus, they have also put together a comprehensive list of articles about browsers and compatibility issues.
You can check it out here (and we recommend that you do...):
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And its release has given Mozilla almost a 1% gain on IE7 (up to 19.17% in June, from 18.41% in May, according to the company).
So is this the giant killer? One would think, given FireFox's slick performance and IE7s numerous problems that FireFox 3 should take the world by storm. It has certainly been embraced by first-adopters, especially web and css designers.
But for the average non-techie joe, the familiarity of IE and lack of desire to try new things will keep Microsoft's browser at the top of the heap for the foreseeable future.
What do you think? FireFox 3 or IE7? Let us know!
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