Saturday, April 21, 2012

Google ‘Spring Cleaning’ Nixes Several Unused Features

 


Google will no longer be supporting are Google Sync for Blackberry (as of June 1), the mobile Web app version of Google Talk, the digital news payment platform One Pass, Picasa for Linux, and Picasa Web Albums Uploader for Mac/Picasa Web Albums Plugin for iPhoto. A few other minor adjustments are being made, including cleanup in the Google API side of things for developers, as well as nixing some experimental projects that didn't really pan out.
“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. As we continue our clean-up, we look forward to creating a simpler, more beautiful user experience across Google,” Schwab wrote. Of course, these adjustments will only affect an extremely small minority of users, and the benefit that will be attained by moving the employees and resources onto more important tasks will be worth it in the long run. Think of it that way.
[via Google Blog]