My invite finally came along for Google Wave. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just watch this video. I haven’t had a chance to use it extensively yet as I only have a few contacts, but it looks great. More importantly it seems solid. This isn’t some flippant new GoogleToy™, but a deep new reinvention of electronic communication.
But this beta preview is just the tip of the iceberg. Email is so tightly integrated into the workflow of computing that it won’t be an easy task to supplant it. I’m hopeful that this could become the email of the future, but I see a number of hurdles before that happens. I’m not going to name names, but the initials of one such hurdle are MS.