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Microsoft launches Google Wave alternative dubbed Loop

Microsoft has launched its own version of Google Wave last night dubbed the Microsoft Loop, a new Office collaboration app.

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Microsoft launches Google Wave last night dubbed the Microsoft Loop, a brand new workplace collaboration app.

What is google wave?

Google Wave, later known as Apache Wave, was a software framework for real-time collaborative editing online. Originally developed by Google and announced on 28 May 2009, it was renamed to Apache Wave when the project was adopted by the Apache Software Foundation as an incubator project in 2010. Wikipedia

As per a report coming from TechCrunch, Loop is a new app — and concept — that takes the Fluid framework, which provides developers with flexible components to mix and match in order to create real-time editing-based applications, to create a new experience for users to collaborate on documents.

Microsoft launches Google Wave last night dubbed the Microsoft Loop

Microsoft launches Google Wave
The Microsoft logo is shown on the Microsoft Theatre at the E3 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 13, 2017. REUTERS/ Mike Blake – RC1217150130

In many ways, that was also the promise of Google Wave — real-time collaboration plus a developer framework and protocol to bring Wave everywhere, the report said.

Google Wave was a doomed real-time messaging and collaboration platform Google launched in 2009 and prematurely shuttered in 2010.

There are three elements to Loop — Loop components, “atomic units of productivity” like lists, tables, notes and tasks; Loop pages, “flexible canvases where you can organise your components and pull in other useful elements like files, links, or data to help teams think, connect, and collaborate;” and Loop workspaces, shared spaces where you somehow can catch up on what everybody is working on and track progress toward shared goals.

One thing Wave never had that is apparently a core feature of Loop is that Loop tracks your cursor position in real time, the report said.

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