Google Labs shutting down

Jul 20, 2011
Google on Wednesday said it is shutting down its Labs website for creations-in-progress in order to better focus its resources and energy.

Google on Wednesday said it is shutting down its Labs website for creations-in-progress in order to better focus its resources and energy.

Google Labs was an online playground where people could dabble with early versions of new services or products being worked on by engineers at the Internet powerhouse.

Pulling the plug on Labs is part of a strategy by Google chief executive to "put more wood in fewer arrows" by prioritizing projects at the California-based company.

"While we've learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we're to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead," research and systems infrastructure senior vice president Bill Coughran said in a blog post.

Some Labs experiments will be incorporated into products or remain available as applications for devices running on Android software, according to Coughran.

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bottomlesssoul
not rated yet Jul 20, 2011
A crying pity. I've referenced the lab many times since it's inception and I will miss it's presence.
Shelgeyr
not rated yet Jul 20, 2011
"put more wood in fewer arrows"

Which will what? Kill ideas even deader?
KBK
1 / 5 (1) Jul 20, 2011
market penetration through direct inflection into the market..and ease of initial purchase/bonding are the two key points of a 'market success'.

'More wood and fewer arrows' means exactly that thing.

The given 'thing' does not have to be the best in anyone's eyes.

It merely need be those two things.
ClevorTrever
not rated yet Jul 21, 2011
Good thing too - it's never clever to let your competition know what you are developing and where you are struggling.