Picasa being shuttered in shift to Google Photos

Google, headquartered in Mountain View, California, said it will be shuttering Picasa to shift its focus to the new Google Photo
Google, headquartered in Mountain View, California, said it will be shuttering Picasa to shift its focus to the new Google Photos service launched less than a year ago

Google on Friday said it will be shuttering Picasa to shift its focus to the new Google Photos service launched less than a year ago.

"We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products," Google Photos chief Anil Sabharwal said in a blog post.

Pictures or videos in Picasa online albums will be automatically available in people's Google Photos accounts, according to Sabharwal.

Those wishing not to shift to the new will still be able to view, download or delete in Picasa albums, but the software won't be updated and adding images won't be an option.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this transition causes, but we want to assure you that we are doing this with the aim of providing the best photos experience possible," Sabharwal said.

"Google Photos is a new and smarter product."


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Feb 13, 2016
Just one more step in Google's quest to own all photos and data anyone anywhere has. Put your photos into Google Photos gives them complete ownership and control of them. Google has photo scanning software that can scan everyone's photos and make the "links" between people just like scanning the meta data of phone calls. Google can create communities of social groups without ever leaving the computer, simple looking at "your face" in all photos they have. Google's motto is "do no evil" but this habit of "knowing everything about everyone" is about as evil as you can get considering they are using data that you provided to them expecting privacy. NOT.

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