Google to sunset even more projects and some official blogs

Just a month ago, Google announced plans to shut down even more of its projects and businesses, including Google Video and iGoogle. Now the company has announced plans to close the doors on some more projects, as well as a number of its blogs.

In a post on the main Google blog, the company said that starting on September 4th, it will shut down Google Apps for Teams and transfer the remaining accounts to personal Google accounts. The company said that Google Apps for Teams, which launched in 2008, was "not as useful for people as we originally anticipated."

Google Listen, which was released in 2009 as a way to find and listen to podcasts, will have its search component stopped after November 1st. Google felt that since the launch of the Google Play store for Android, there were plenty of third party podcast apps to choose from. The company said, "You can access your podcast subscriptions in Google Reader in the 'Listen Subscriptions' folder and download them from the Import/Export tab."

Google also plans to shut down Google Video for Business sometime later this fall and transfer all videos found in that service over to Google Drive. Finally, the company will either shut down or consolidate a number of its official blogs that either are not updated on a regular basis or have content that is similar to other blogs. The company didn't state exactly how many of its blogs will be discontinued.

Source: Google blog

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Just don't touch Google Voice! It's one of the most useful things for me and a lot of others.
Still disappointed that iGoogle is going away - great home page to have.

Amodin said,
Just don't touch Google Voice! It's one of the most useful things for me and a lot of others.
Still disappointed that iGoogle is going away - great home page to have.

Agreed. Google Voice could be so much more popular if they chose to integrate it with Android more. I'm a bit surprised how separated it is when on an Android phone.

I like this new trend at Google. It started getting annoying to see them launch all these new products, just to see if they got popular, and until then, not do a thing to improve them. Their efforts got spread so thin, that there were clearly 1st Tier and 2nd Tier Google products...

Northgrove said,
I like this new trend at Google. It started getting annoying to see them launch all these new products, just to see if they got popular, and until then, not do a thing to improve them. Their efforts got spread so thin, that there were clearly 1st Tier and 2nd Tier Google products...

Agreed. Many of the small projects were very rough and needed a lot of work.

This is the sole reason I avoid Google-TV, or buying a TV that runs Google-TV. The company has a reputation for dropping projects.

Rohdekill said,
This is the sole reason I avoid Google-TV, or buying a TV that runs Google-TV. The company has a reputation for dropping projects.

every company is the same, for example Apple is seasoned with it.

Rohdekill said,
This is the sole reason I avoid Google-TV, or buying a TV that runs Google-TV. The company has a reputation for dropping projects.

Google is like the high school kid who wants to be an engineer and is given a bunch a money. He just goes out and randomly starts building stuff, but it seems like he loses interest along the way.

Rohdekill said,
This is the sole reason I avoid Google-TV, or buying a TV that runs Google-TV. The company has a reputation for dropping projects.

They are dropping products that are not doing well and focusing on the ones that are. If Google-TV does well, then there is no way they will drop it. Why waste money on a product that no one or very little use.

Not the first time companies have done something like this...wont be the last time.

dagamer34 said,

Google is like the high school kid who wants to be an engineer and is given a bunch a money. He just goes out and randomly starts building stuff, but it seems like he loses interest along the way.

Every tech company does this e.g. Microsoft, it's axed or merged the Zune hardware, Windows Home Server, most of Windows Live, etc

I only care about iGoogle, I've been using it since like 2004 and there's just no worthy alternatives for what it does. They all seem to be either too cluttered or don't have enough features.

Shame!

Still, at least Google is happy to take down something like Google Listen as there's now plenty of competition, as opposed to just preventing those apps from launching on the store because they compete with something Google does.

Kushan said,
I only care about iGoogle, I've been using it since like 2004 and there's just no worthy alternatives for what it does. They all seem to be either too cluttered or don't have enough features.

Shame!

Still, at least Google is happy to take down something like Google Listen as there's now plenty of competition, as opposed to just preventing those apps from launching on the store because they compete with something Google does.

you can try My MSN . that the only one I can think about that is pretty much the same

Kushan said,
I only care about iGoogle, I've been using it since like 2004 and there's just no worthy alternatives for what it does. They all seem to be either too cluttered or don't have enough features.

Shame!

Still, at least Google is happy to take down something like Google Listen as there's now plenty of competition, as opposed to just preventing those apps from launching on the store because they compete with something Google does.


"My Yahoo" is similar too.

I'm all for streamlining and consolidating, especially if there are other services doing the same role better (aka Video chat vs Hangouts).