A Autumn Spring-Clean

Technology improves, people’s needs change, some bets pay off as well as others don’t. So, equally Larry previewed on our last profits call, today we’re having a autumn spring-clean at Google.

Over the adjacent few months we’ll live shutting downward a issue of products as well as merging others into existing products equally features. The listing is below. This volition brand things much simpler for our users, improving the overall Google experience. It volition also hateful nosotros tin devote to a greater extent than resources to high affect products—the ones that meliorate the lives of billions of people. All the Googlers working on these projects volition live moved over to higher-impact products. As for our users, we’ll communicate straight amongst them equally nosotros brand these changes, giving sufficient fourth dimension to brand the transition as well as enabling them to direct hold their information amongst them.

Here’s a quick overview of where a issue of products as well as features are headed:
  • Aardvark: Aardvark was a start-up nosotros acquired inwards 2010. An experiment inwards a novel sort of social search, it helped people respond each other’s questions. While Aardvark volition live closing, we’ll give-up the ghost on to piece of job on tools that enable people to connect as well as abide by richer noesis almost the world.
  • Desktop: In the final few years, there’s been a huge shift from local to cloud-based storage as well as computing, equally good equally the integration of search as well as gadget functionality into most modern operating systems. People forthwith direct hold minute access to their data, whether online or offline. As this was the destination of Google Desktop, the production volition live discontinued on September 14, including all the associated APIs, services, plugins, gadgets as well as support.
  • Fast Flip: Fast Flip was started to assist pioneer intelligence content browsing as well as reading experiences for the spider web as well as mobile devices. For the past times 2 years, inwards collaboration amongst publishers, the Fast Flip experiment has fueled a novel approach to faster, richer content display on the web. This approach volition alive on inwards our other display as well as delivery tools.
  • Google Maps API for Flash: The Google Maps API for Flash was launched to furnish ActionScript developers a agency to integrate Google Maps into their applications. Although we’re deprecating the API, we’ll maintain supporting existing Google Maps API Premier customers using the Google Maps API for Flash as well as we’ll focus our attending on the JavaScript Maps API v3 going forward.
  • Google Pack: Due to the rapidly decreasing demand for downloadable software inwards favor of spider web apps, nosotros volition discontinue Google Pack today. People volition notwithstanding live able to access Google’s as well as our partners’ software speedily as well as easily through direct links on the Google Pack website.
  • Google Web Security: Google Web Security came to Google equally component subdivision of the Postini acquisition inwards 2007, as well as since as well as then we've integrated much of the spider web safety functionality straight into existing Google products, such equally condom browsing inwards Chrome. Although nosotros volition discontinue novel sales of Google Web Security, we’ll give-up the ghost on to back upward our existing customers.
  • Image Labeler: We began Google Image Labeler equally a fun game to assist people explore as well as label the images on the web. Although it volition live discontinued, a of online games from Google are notwithstanding available.
  • Notebook: Google Notebook enabled people to combine clipped URLs from the spider web as well as free-form notes into documents they could percentage as well as publish. We’ll live shutting downward Google Notebook inwards the coming months, but we’ll automatically export all notebook information to Google Docs.
  • Sidewiki: Over the past times few years, we’ve seen extraordinary conception inwards price of making the spider web collaborative. So we’ve decided to discontinue Sidewiki as well as focus instead on our broader social initiatives. Sidewiki authors volition live given to a greater extent than details almost this closure inwards the weeks ahead, as well as they’ll direct hold a issue of months to download their content.
  • Subscribed Links: Subscribed Links enabled developers to exercise specialized search results that were added to the normal Google search results on relevant queries for subscribed users. Although we'll live discontinuing Subscribed Links, developers volition live able to access as well as download their information until September 15, at which indicate subscribed links volition no longer seem inwards people's search results.
We’ve never been afraid to endeavor big, bold things, as well as that won’t change. We’ll give-up the ghost on to direct hold risks on interesting novel technologies amongst a lot of potential. But past times targeting our resources to a greater extent than effectively, nosotros tin focus on edifice world-changing products amongst a really beautiful user experience.

Update Sept 5: Clarified linguistic communication simply about sales of Google Web Security.


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