Google Buys EtherPad Maker for Google Wave

by admin December 6, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Google today said it’s acquired AppJet, a web collaboration startup, for an undisclosed amount that is around $10 million. AppJet’s EtherPad product will be shutting down in March and the team will join the Google Wave group.

The deal indicates Google’s intent to make the inscrutable Wave a productivity tool, rather than something more social. EtherPad is somewhat similar to Google Docs, showing a synchronized document modifiable by a group of participants. The company had introduced cool tools such as a “time-slider” that displayed the chronological revision history of a document.

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