Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 4:32 PM
You're probably used to sending emails to friends and colleagues at any number of different addresses and you don't have to think twice about which email service they use. The same should be true for collaboration tools. Novell Pulse, an upcoming enterprise-focused collaboration tool, is built using the Google Wave Federation Protocol, which means Novell Pulse users will be able to collaborate not only with each other, but also with anyone using another wave service, such as Google Wave.
At the closing keynote of Novell's BrainShare conference today, we showed a demo of how Novell Pulse and Google Wave will work together. For those of you who weren't at the event, here is a screen capture of the two products working together [the keynote video will be available early next week]:
This boils down to enabling user choice. We're working on the Google Wave Federation Protocol based on open source principles with other companies including Novell because we want users to have a choice of different wave providers. The protocol is flexible enough that different products can include different features, but still work together, letting wave providers make independent design decisions and even build for a specific group of users. For example, Novell Pulse includes a feature for authenticating against enterprise account management systems, and Google Wave has per-wave participant suggestion built in.
We look forward to seeing more products support the Google Wave Federation Protocol. If you're interested in trying Google Wave, you can request an account, and for more details on Novell Pulse's use of the Google Wave Federation Protocol, check out the post on the developer blog.