Google is on to a late spring-cleaning scheme to screen out and get rid of some services.
Five products are soon to be cast out from Google’s roster of products, including the iGoogle personalized homepage display, Google Video that runs alongside YouTube, and the Google Mini that have already been replaced by other products such as Site Search and Google Talk Chatback.
“Technology creates tremendous opportunities to improve people’s lives. But to make the most of them, we need to focus – or we end up doing too much and not having the impact we strive for. So last fall we started a spring clean, and since then we’ve closed or combined more than 30 products. Today we’re announcing a few more closures,” said Matt Eichner, general manager of Global Enterprise Search.
iGoogle has been in the homepages of many people for seven years since its release in 2005. However, no matter how much they love the app, users would have to start cherishing its last moments because on November 1 next year, Google will put it to an end.
Meanwhile, Google Video has already been unavailable for uploads since May 2009. Users have only two months to transfer their files to other video-sharing tools starting today. Additional information regarding the issue is on the YouTube blog.
Google Mini is also on the list. According to Eichner, it’s “now outdated. Users of that are encouraged to use the Meebo bar. while Symbian Search App users should just start using www.google.com as their homepage.”
“Closing products always involves tough choices, but we do think very hard about each decision and its implications for our users. Streamlining our services enables us to focus on creating beautiful technology that will improve people’s lives,” added Eichner.