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Google to discontinue Picasa starting May

If still you’re using Picasa, then this might be a sad news for you: Google will slowly phase out Picasa-related services later this year.


This move is a result of a shift to the cloud-based Google Photos service thriving on mobile platforms, citing a better product development in an undivided division. “After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos. We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products,” Google Photos Head Anil Sabharwal remarked in the official blog.

Starting March 15th, Google will no longer support development for the desktop application. Those who have downloaded the application on or before the date may still use the program, but will not be further developed. Picasa Web Albums, on the other hand, are automatically on your Google Photos once you log in. If you do not want the Google Photos service, the internet search giant will be creating a ” new place for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data.”  That only includes online viewing, downloading, and deleting photos.

Picasa is an image viewer and editor that was developed in 2002. Google acquired the program from its original company, Lifescape, and continued its development from that point on. Thanks for the 14 years, Picasa.


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