In a Google blog entry, the company announced it will remove 3 more mobile and web products. It will also deconstruct blogs that are rarely updated by its several communications channels.
Google will remove, first and foremost, Google Apps for Teams. This app allows school or business users without a gmail account to access Google tools.
Max Ibel of Google wrote that this tool, which started in 2008, is “not as useful for people as we originally anticipated.” Beginning September 4, Google Apps for Teams accounts will be converted into Google personal accounts.
Listen app will also be slashed. Ibel said that there is no need for this app anymore due to Google Play. He said, “with Google Play, people now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps, so we’ve discontinued Listen.” This podcast search app will still continue to function until November 1.
Lastly, Google will also remove Google Video for Business. The videos that users hosted using this service will be sent to their Google Drive. To make these users happier, Google has decided not to reduce storage quota in the drive from the size of this newly added videos.
According to Ibel, “technology has the power to change people’s lives. But to make a difference, we need to carefully consider what to focus on, and make hard decisions about what we won’t pursue.
This enables us to devote more time and resources giving you products you love, and making them better for you.”
Ever since the new Google CEO, Larry Page, assumed position, Google has cleaned up to have a management structure to focus on products. Other products that have been previously shut down include iGoogle, Flip, Aardvark, Google Buzz, Google Labs, and Boutiques.com.