The major Search Engine Giant Google made a Fall cleanup and confiremed RIP to 10 Products. “Technology improves, people’s needs change, some bets pay off and others don’t,” said Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, in a blog post titled “a fall spring-clean.”
Eustace said some of the products would be killed off, while others will be merged into existing products as features. The employees working on the affected companies and projects will be reassigned to new positions at Google.
“This will make things much simpler for our users, improving the overall Google experience,” he said. “It will also mean we can devote more resources to high-impact products — the ones that improve the lives of billions of people. All the Googlers working on these projects will be moved over to higher-impact products. As for our users, we’ll communicate directly with them as we make these changes, giving sufficient time to make the transition and enabling them to take their data with them.”
Following will be shut down or merged into other products in the coming weeks and months
- Google Desktop
- Fast Flip
- Google Maps API for Flash
- Google Pack
- Google Web Security
- Google Image Labeler
- Google Notebook
- Subscribed Links
We’ve never been afraid to try big, bold things, and that won’t change. We’ll continue to take risks on interesting new technologies with a lot of potential. But by targeting our resources more effectively, we can focus on building world-changing products with a truly beautiful user experience.