This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
AFAIK, there's a GWT 2.1 version "in the works" --you can get "Milestone" versions if you want to experiment-- and I think there will be a GWT 3 version too (sorry, I don't remember where I read about it). Google Wave died because of other factors -- but it shows a good sized application in GWT. Finally, being an OSS project, I guess it can still go on living, even if Google stopped work on it, but I hope it doesn't get to that.
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Google Wave isn't the only Google application utilizing the GWT framework. In one of the past Google I/O conferences (I can't recall the specific one), the speaker gave examples of how GWT is used for the Google ad words management tool. This shows GWT is embedded into a core business application so will likely continue to see some level of support.