Google to shut down 10 of its products

Google has been shutting down some some of its products and divisions over the past few months, including most recently the Slide social apps division. Today the company announced plans to shut down 10 more of its products over the coming weeks and months. Some of these products will be merged with other existing Google divisions. Google's Senior Vice President Alan Eustace writes, "This will make things much simpler for our users, improving the overall Google experience. It will also mean we can devote more resources to high impact products—the ones that improve the lives of billions of people." The people who worked on the 10 discontinued products will be transferred to other divisions at the company.

One of the more well known products that will soon be shut down is Google Desktop, which launched in a beta version in 2004. The application allows users to search for items inside a person's PC. Google has chosen to discontinue Google Desktop on September 14 "including all the associated APIs, services, plugins, gadgets and support." A product on the list that has already shut down is Google Pack, which offered a collection of first and third party downloadable software tools in one package. Google said today that with the move to have applications offered online via cloud-based technology there was also a "declining interest in downloadable software."

Other projects that Google will shut down or merge will other projects include the social search program Aardvark, Google Web Security, Google Notebook, Fast Flip, Sidewiki, Subscribed Links, Image Labeler, and Google Maps API for Flash.

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They have such a mess at Google is not even funny anymore. They just have way too many ideas and seems every time someone comes up with an idea, they create it and turn it into a Beta instead of simply working with it internally and then decide if it's worth releasing to the masses. It's not fair to the public because imagine if tomorrow they decide to shutdown Google Docs or Gmail? Do you have any idea how many people use that? How many documents are saved on their servers? It would be chaos. They need to get organized.

Google Desktop is awesome but the browser based interface is a disaster. If only they built fast native Windows interface like in C++ for GDS, more people would have used it.

Bah, I have notes of notes inside notebook... now I got to move them. Sure it was a cruddy interface, but it was something I didn't have to setup, was part of my Google account, and allowed me to dump useful notes for future references.

PlogCF said,
They should shut down Android while they're at it, too.

Re-posting again. I agree. And Apple should shut down iOS. That's the only way Microsoft will have a shot with it's failing endeavors right now.

Most of these things were useless and i never even heard of half of them. I am glad google is focusing more on the big useful things in life.

How about they do the right thing, and shut down EVERYTHING but search, which seems to be the only thing they do right. Jack of all trades, masters of nothing but search.

jimmyfal said,
How about they do the right thing, and shut down EVERYTHING but search, which seems to be the only thing they do right. Jack of all trades, masters of nothing but search.

Sorry, but GMail, Google Translate and Google Maps are 'masterfully done' and I use them each and every day.

jimmyfal said,
How about they do the right thing, and shut down EVERYTHING but search, which seems to be the only thing they do right. Jack of all trades, masters of nothing but search.
You obviously no clue to how good their other products are and seamlessly integrated with Android too. I own several dedicated servers and I still use Gmail as a primary email system (using my own domain), Picasa rocks, Google Maps clearly the best, need I go on? Google search is possibly the least used Google product for me.

Breach said,

Sorry, but GMail, Google Translate and Google Maps are 'masterfully done' and I use them each and every day.

Ok I'll give you the maps.

They're pushing Google Yell(tm). People are not only tiring of downloadable software, but are becoming disenchanted with computers in general. In September Google will shut down the internet and introduce Google Yell which is a mobile app that allows you to open your door, lean out, and yell your status to anyone who cares. Revolutionary.

I like my downloadable software. I do not want to use my browser for everything. This is Google's talk, give me software damnit.

Damn, I use Google Desktop on my work's XP machine. I wonder if it still will be usable after September 14th...

Tager said,
Damn, I use Google Desktop on my work's XP machine. I wonder if it still will be usable after September 14th...

It will. Google Desktop indexes your files on your computer, no need to use the internet for that...

Tager said,
Damn, I use Google Desktop on my work's XP machine. I wonder if it still will be usable after September 14th...

Your network admin allows google desktop?! all google products are a no-no at my workplace, due to software calling back home concerns.

Beastage said,

Your network admin allows google desktop?! all google products are a no-no at my workplace, due to software calling back home concerns.

There's IT security and then there's IT paranoia...

excalpius said,

There's IT security and then there's IT paranoia...

Sounds perfectly sensible to me. Good admin at that company for sure.

shockz said,

Sounds perfectly sensible to me. Good admin at that company for sure.

No such thing . As long as they are running Windows and the drive is not encrypted, it is a relatively easy process. I've never had issues on the four companies I've worked for giving my self admin rights and installing a really fast proxy tunnel so I can access sites that are normally blocked at most work places.

Beastage said,

Your network admin allows google desktop?! all google products are a no-no at my workplace, due to software calling back home concerns.


My IT director gave me admin rights to my desktop. He trusts I wouldn't install anything malicious.

osuwildlifer said,
I sure wish they would kill Google Toolbar as well. Or at least stop bundling it with other free software.

I think that's part of their revenue. More Google search = more revenue.

Tekkerson said,

I think that's part of their revenue. More Google search = more revenue.

Yeah but most browsers today have a dedicated search that you can customize. And in Chrome, you can just search on the address bar. It's redundant to have the toolbar plus it is less of a screen real estate.

I found Google Desktop to be a System hog that spowed everything down, as well as being duplicate functionality of Windows Desktop Search.

I do however actively use Google Pack to install Chrome system wide and keep other software like Adobe Reader up to date. I wonder what happens to the software when it's already installed, if they are keeping Google Update, and how to install Chrome system wide.

Me too, I've been using Google Pack to install Chrome system-wide since the normal Chrome installer only installs in the current user's folder. Google Pack was pretty useful for that, not sure what's the new approach for installing Chrome system-wide?

Update: Nevermind, I guess we have to use the alternate installer now! Link from their help pages: http://www.google.com/support/....py?hl=en&answer=118663

Edited by lars77, Sep 3 2011, 4:08pm :

lars77 said,
Me too, I've been using Google Pack to install Chrome system-wide since the normal Chrome installer only installs in the current user's folder. Google Pack was pretty useful for that, not sure what's the new approach for installing Chrome system-wide?

What? Google chrome has always installed in the current user's folder...

Tekkerson said,

What? Google chrome has always installed in the current user's folder...


With Google Pack, it did not.

I will check out that link

Great, looks like I'll have to try and find another search solution for my Windows 7 desktop, since the windows search service sucks absolute balls compared to Google Desktop Search...

*sigh*

d4v1d05 said,
Great, looks like I'll have to try and find another search solution for my Windows 7 desktop, since the windows search service sucks absolute balls compared to Google Desktop Search...

*sigh*


You're doing it wrong then, the search in Win7 is much better than it ever was and was better than Google's search, that's why it's being shuttered

z0phi3l said,


You're doing it wrong then, the search in Win7 is much better than it ever was and was better than Google's search, that's why it's being shuttered

Agreed. Even Google knows the MS solution works better now.

z0phi3l said,


You're doing it wrong then, the search in Win7 is much better than it ever was and was better than Google's search, that's why it's being shuttered


+1 I only used Google Desktop in Windows XP.

De.Bug said,
Declining Interest in Downloadable software? Ok Google, whatever helps you sleep.

For people who uses computers as a hobby we haven't noticed this shift so much but non-techy people are spending more and more time inside their web browser, only opening other software when its really needed.

Nice, so they shut down their useless desktop search that only replicated the built in endows feature, only worse, but only after they use it to sue microsoft and force them to remove shortcuts to search and stuff from wndows....

HawkMan said,
Nice, so they shut down their useless desktop search that only replicated the built in endows feature, only worse, but only after they use it to sue microsoft and force them to remove shortcuts to search and stuff from wndows....

It was way better than XPs search, was equaled by Vista's search, and IMO Windows7 search is just better than it now

HawkMan said,
Nice, so they shut down their useless desktop search that only replicated the built in endows feature, only worse, but only after they use it to sue microsoft and force them to remove shortcuts to search and stuff from wndows....

A separate search window (WIN+F) is kind of useless now, especially in 7 with the lack of advanced options and given the expanded start menu pane for search results.

Next month's article heading: "Google shuts down Chrome, ChromeOS, Android, Gmail, Search. Remaining Google services to be shut down soon."

TerrorSpawn said,
Next month's article heading: "Google shuts down Chrome, ChromeOS, Android, Gmail, Search. Remaining Google services to be shut down soon."

Wrong, the "e" is being cut from "Google".

TerrorSpawn said,
Next month's article heading: "Google shuts down Chrome, ChromeOS, Android, Gmail, Search. Remaining Google services to be shut down soon."

Next month: Google to shut down US government.

thommcg said,

Wrong, the "e" is being cut from "Google".

It will make things much simpler for users, improving the overall Googl experience.

smot said,

It will make things much simpler for users, improving the overall Googl experience.

I wonder how much bandwidth they'd save from the 1KB less "Googl" logo, I can imagine it would actually be a margin

Nah, you guys are all wrong.

Google will shut down on December 21, 2012 remember!

All with everything else. ah-ha

Guth said,
Never heard or used any of them, so I guess its a sensible move on Google's part.

Slide is the only thing I used. It's good and I'm rather surprised. Pool Party powered by Slide which is available on both Android and iOS is a photo sharing service where photo are shared on Albums. Albums are shared with users you pick. In my opinion, when Instagram comes to Android, it would have killed Pool Party.

The other slide product, Photovine, is available on iOS only. Photovine was really interesting. You post a picture with a topic. So let's say "My Shoes" then other users can post pictures to that topic hence the vine getting bigger. It was supposed to come to Android but the same week that I was selected to beta test it was announced that it was shutting down. Too bad as I don't see this interfering with Instagram at all and would have been and interesting addition to the Social web. Hopefully it gets integrated to Google+ somehow.