If you've been looking forward to Google's unified communications project Wave with bated breath - but don't fancy the hassle of rolling your own based on the recently-released source code - you might not have too long to wait.

As reported over on ReadWriteWeb, Google has announced that it will be inviting the masses in to the currently closed beta project starting this Autumn. With the initial run of some 100,000 accounts reserved for selected schools and businesses - namely those who already use the company's Google Apps for Business platform - access is expected to opened at the end of this month.

If you're a Google Apps for Business administrator and want to get in on the Wave action, you can sign up now - but be aware that places are limited and, given the buzz that the project is generating, are likely to be in hot demand.

For those that haven't yet seen Wave in action - and can't quite understand what the fuss is about - Google have provided a video demonstrating the general principle behind the unified messaging and collaboration system. By allowing its users to create a 'wave' which can contain text, audio, photos, videos, and maps the company's project seems a perfect fit for the educational environment along with business with geographically diverse employees. How much traction the technology will gain with private individuals remains to be seen - but it certainly has promise for collaborative pr0n sessions.

Will you be signing up for a Wave account as soon as places become available, or are you still struggling to see the possibilities offered by the technology? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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