Google axes 5 more products: Video and iGoogle disappear in ‘summer clean’

05/07/2012

Google has shut down 5 more products and the internet giant continues to streamline its operations to focus on its core products. The services on the way out include Google Mini, Talk Chatback, Google Video, iGoogle and the Symbian Search App. Since September 2011, the company has shut down a number of products and merged others into existing products as features.

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"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," the official Google blog mentions.

Google Mini

Google Mini has been an important part of the company's Enterprise Search offering since it was first introduced in 2005.

However, beginning 31 July the company is discontinuing the product because its functionality can be better provided by products like Google Search Appliance, Google Site Search and Google Commerce Search. Google will continue to provide technical support to Mini customers for the duration of their contracts.

iGoogle

iGoogle was originally launched in 2005 but with modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has eroded over time. Users will have 16 months to adjust or export their data.

Google Talk Chatback

Google Talk Chatback allowed websites to embed a Google Talk widget so that they could engage with their visitors. It is now outdated, so Google is turning off Chatback and encouraging websites to use the Meebo bar.

Google Video

Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009. Later this summer the company will be moving the remaining hosted content to YouTube. Google Video users have until 20 August to migrate, delete or download their content.

Google will also retire its Symbian Search App to focus in order to focus on its efforts on the mobile web search experience.

Google GM of Global Enterprise search, Matt Eichner, said: “Streamlining our services enables us to focus on creating beautiful technology that will improve people’s lives.”

Read the official blog here

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