Google's latest "spring cleaning" to claim Google Reader

Over the past couple of years, Google has used its official blog to announce the closure of a number of projects and software products. This usually happens every few months and today, Google used the blog to announce it will pull the curtain down on quite a few projects.

One of the products that Google is retiring is Google Reader, which it launched in 2005 as a way for users to display content from other website on one page, usually by accessing the site's RSS feed. Google said today, "While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined." It will shut down on July 1st.

The software plug-in Google Cloud Connect will shut down on April 30th. It was set up as a way for users to save Microsoft Office files automatically to Google Drive from Windows PCs. Google says that installing the Google Drive desktop client does the same thing as Google Cloud Connect.

Google Building Maker, which let users make 3D buildings for Google Earth and Google Maps, will also be discontinued on June 1st, and Google will end support for its Google Voice App for Blackberry next week. The company has now stopped sales and updates for the Snapseed photo software for Macintosh and Windows, with immediate effect.

For the programmers out there, Google will stop offering its Search API for Shopping on September 16th, and its CalDAV API will be unavailable on the same day, except for whitelisted developers. Finally the GUI Builder and five UiApp widgets will close on September 16th.

Source: Google blog | Image via Google

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Next one will probably be the Google Earth client and Gmail. I'm not even kidding. Google just lost it's way. All these services allowed them to attract users and create an ecosystem. They're throwing it all away in order to allocate resources to a completely useless social network and utterly unusable glasses that will never work in the real world.
Basically they're saying "so, we're using the money from our core business to venture into these silly things that will probably never give us a profit, meanwhile axing everything else that we created along the way". Please.

I like Google Reader, you just point it to a site and it will give you the important headlines without the graphics, adds, etc. it will gather everything from everywhere on your PC and Phone

It looks like they switched Page (the Google CEO) to Prozac as well, first was Balmer and we all know well Windows 8, and now Page.

I miss the old screaming Balmer, everyone said he was acting crazy, but who cares, IE overtook everyone else then, and XP looked gooood, they switched him to Prozac as well and we all know Windows 8 very well.

At this speed in 5 years you will switch on your cloud Google PC and you have to watch 5 minutes of advertisement before you start using it, and then you will work for 20 min and watch 5 minutes of adds again, well done Google

Google reader was my only daily reason to connect to my Google Account (on Windows 7, cause on Windows 8, and Windows Phone, I use the excellent Feed Reader - based on Google Reader...). I have a gmail box but it's not my main mail box... I'm de facto on G+ but I don't use it...
So, Google what a bad move... if you down Google reader, I could redirect gmail messages and/or close my Google account. Maybe I will not cause I could have to connect with friends to manage docs... but I could simply tell them I don't use your services...

Hey Microsoft ! Maybe it's time to release a sort of RSS manager Reader, and get the Google reader loyal basis back to your home !
Of course, a cloud based to sync between web, Windows, Windows Phone, Surface... ? The IE feature for read RSS isn't bad but IE only. It don't sync with any devices or third party app, wich was the strength of Google Reader based apps.
Of course, don't name it "RSS Live Reader home edition 2013"... No, simply something like newsReader, with a ModernUI clean apps, simply listing feeds, with view pane and web display integration.
I could say that the Feed Reader in-app browser (Wich I think is a IE integration) is my main browser, as RSS feeds are my first news source (Twitter is second but it's too large... even list are too hard and complicated to manage, and there is too much tweets)

This spring cleaning thing has gotten a little out of control. What are they hoping to get down to? Gmail and Google+ ?

Walrush said,
This spring cleaning thing has gotten a little out of control. What are they hoping to get down to? Gmail and Google+ ?

I reckon they'd drop Gmail in favour of in G+ messaging. I wish i was joking.

I use few Google services which I still think is unique, one of them is Google reader. For maps and search I could use bing may be in near future. And YouTube would be the last. Hopefully they won't shutdown YouTube in near future.

Techno_Funky said,
WTF!! I just bought reeder

Sounds like they have something in the works:

"Don't worry, Reeder won't die with Google Reader.
(from the official @reederapp Twitter account)

I'm more ****ed off than sad. They don't even need to add new features or update the app and I would be perfectly happy the way it is.

Wow... How many years have I been accessing Google Reader multiple times per day? Google Reader changed the way I use the Internet. In the order of Google products I use the most, I think it would be Chrome > Android > Reader > Gmail (yes, my central email account).

This is not a total surprise though. Development of Google Reader seems to have stalled for some time now, and there has been speculation that it would be discontinued soon.

This sucks. Well, hopefully there are better RSS reader services out there. Preferably cloud-based so it will stay in sync across devices. Now to look for them.....

Chugworth said,
Wow... How many years have I been accessing Google Reader multiple times per day? Google Reader changed the way I use the Internet. In the order of Google products I use the most, I think it would be Chrome > Android > Reader > Gmail (yes, my central email account).

This is not a total surprise though. Development of Google Reader seems to have stalled for some time now, and there has been speculation that it would be discontinued soon.

This sucks. Well, hopefully there are better RSS reader services out there. Preferably cloud-based so it will stay in sync across devices. Now to look for them.....

Cant even test the alternative cloud based solutions, theyre all overloaded with traffic and performing poorly ...maybe closer towards june theyll have adapted to the increase and maybe do things to attract GReader users.

I looked at Feedly, which apparently has to be installed as a Chrome app:

It can:
* Access your data on all websites
* Access your tabs and browsing activity
Nope.

Another one is NewsBlur. However, I looked at the screenshots of its mobile app in the Play store, and I'm not too impressed.

I may just wait a while and hope that either the existing services improve or new services are launched before Google Reader goes offline.

Dang! I'm going to miss Google Reader :-( While I was never that into RSS, I did use Google Reader to keep up with some blogs and Flickr streams!

I bet this is somehow related to Google+! Google removed the "Like" feature from Reader because it wanted people to share on G+ instead.

Why not close Google+ instead, since even one of Google's own said that it was a ghost town. I'd rather use Reader than G+.

kishorekumar_a said,
And it is mostly used as a cloud sync facility by 3rd party apps that generates very little revenue for google in form of advertising.

How do you use Google Reader for cloud sync?

+1 time to send google a message, they are killing off a lot of great apps in favour of a crappy G+

I now use bing as my homepage instead of google search.

fair is fair!

+1 time to send google a message, they are killing off a lot of great apps in favour of a crappy G+

I now use bing as my homepage instead of google search.

fair is fair!