Spring has come and gone, but the cleaning still continues at Google with more services being axed. Over the past several months, the Mountain View giant has donated, merged and even shut down a total of 50 products.
Launched back in 2008, the Google Apps for Teams service is scheduled to close down on September 4. Claimed to be ‘not as useful’ as originally anticipated, existing accounts will be converted into personal Google IDs once the aforementioned date has passed. Additionally, Video for Business which arrived as a hosting and sharing platform, is being retired as well. All content stored on the service will be migrated to Google Drive for free, providing users with similar storage and sharing capabilities.
“We work every day to create a more seamless, beautiful user experience—to give you a better, easier-to-use Google. This means continuously improving the products we offer, and recognizing when users of one product might have a better experience with another. Over the past year, we’ve made changes to around 50 products, features and services—donating, merging and shutting things down so we can focus on the high-impact products that millions of people use, multiple times a day. Today, we’re announcing a few more changes,” commented Max Ibel, Director of Engineering through a post on the official Google blog.
With Google Play offering a wide catalog of podcast applications, the 2009 launched Google Listen product has been discontinued. Those who have the app installed can continue to access it unit November 1. And once it shuts down, podcast subscriptions will still be available through Google Reader. Currently, there are over 150 blogs and communication channels maintained by the company. While some are regularly updated with latest information, the redundant and less popular ones will be closed over time.
Google explains that the changes carried out are aimed towards enhancing the company’s focus on ‘high-impact’ products and services that are being accessed all around the globe.