Google axes several services

Summary:Google is slashing a lot of programs and services, but maybe trimming out some of the extra fluff will allow for more resources to be dedicated to projects like Google+ and Google Play.

Google is slashing a lot of programs and services, but maybe trimming out some of the extra fluff will allow for more resources to be dedicated to projects like Google+ and Google Play.

When Larry Page stepped up to the CEO gig at Google last year, one of his pledges was to trim some of the fat off the company.

Continuing along that path, and in the spirit of "spring cleaning", Google has announced a laundry list of products and services that it will be cutting soon.

A full list with details is available on the official Google blog, but here's a snapshot of some of the changes that might affect you the most:

  • No more support for Google Sync for BlackBerry, starting 1 June

  • The mobile web app for Google Talk is being shut down

  • The Picasa Web Albums Uploader for Mac and Picasa Web Albums plug-in for iPhoto will no longer be available to download

  • No more updates for Picasa for Linux

  • The Google Flu Vaccine Finder has been retired, with anyone interested in this being redirected to the HealthMap Flu Vaccine Finder.

Matthias Schwab, director of Cloud Services at Google, explained in a blog post that "making changes to products or services is hard, but we do need to maintain our focus if we are to do important things that matter in the world".

A goal here, Schwab continued, is to improve the overall user experience for Google users. Thus, less really could be more, in this case, if Google can dedicate more resources to bigger projects, like Google+ and Google Play (and maybe even Google Drive), and make them better over the course of the year.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Google

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