Google Wave approaches public beta

Google Wave - the company's attempt to combine IM, email, and sharing functionality into an open-source communications platform - will be rolling out to the first lot of beta testers on 30 September. If you'd like to know more, hit play on the video above for a 10-minute abridged version of the hour-and-twenty-minute demo video from earlier in the year.

As previously reported on Pocket-lint, Google wrote in a blog post back in July: "We plan to start extending the Google Wave preview beyond developers on September 30th. This will take place on wave.google.com rather than the separate 'sandbox' instance we are currently using, and we plan to involve about 100,000 users".

If you want to be one of those 100,000, then it's probably a good idea to head over to wave.google.com pretty sharpish, and volunteer to sell your soul by clicking the "Let me know when it's ready" box and volunteering to do as much as they ask you to in terms of reporting bugs.

We'll let you know when Wave goes live, and we'll keep you informed of its progress, so keep an eye on Pocket-lint or our RSS feed.