Novell Tries To Ride On Google WaveBy: Doug Caverly - November 4, 2009
When Google Wave was first released, it impressed a lot of people from a technical standpoint. The trouble was, no one could figure out a practical use for it. Now, Novell has decided to take a shot, announcing a service known as Pulse.
Novell explained on its website, "With Novell Pulse, people continents apart can work together in real-time, sharing and co-browsing information or creating or editing a document. Individuals can also manage content overload by choosing people and topics to follow and stashing files – both native and office type – along with their related groups and conversations."
Then here’s the Google-y part (although anyone who paid attention will note that Pulse already sounds a lot like Mountain View’s AIM-on-steroids offering): Pulse "will also work seamlessly with Google Wave so you and anyone you want to work with can . . . get down to business."
As for availability, there’s good news and bad news. The bad: Pulse isn’t supposed to launch until 2010, so it’ll be a while before anyone can evaluate it. The good: everyone should be able to evaluate it, because Novell has promised that there’ll be a free version.
A lot is riding on Pulse because, as Zee M Kane observed, Novell’s the first major corporation to embrace Google Wave. What happens here could help determine if it catches on.