More Google services to shut down soon

Google continues its efforts to streamline its business, announcing on its blog site this week that a number of its services will be closed over the next several months. One of them is Google Wave which launched as a web app for real time communication. Google has now announced that Wave will become read only after January 31, 2012 and will close completely after April 30.

Google Gears, which was designed as a way to make offline web apps via a browser extension will stop working on December 1 for Gears-based Gmail and Calendar offline. Later that same month the Gears browser extension won't be made available for download at all.

Google Bookmark List, created to allow people to share their browser bookmark list with friends, will shut down on December 19. Google says, "All bookmarks within Lists will be retained and labeled for easier identification, while the rest of Google Bookmarks will function as usual."

Google is also closing down its experimental energy division, which it called Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal. Google concentrated its efforts on improving solar power but has now decided that "other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level." The company will continue its own efforts to conserve energy and use alternative energy sources in its own businesses.

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I'm in support of this.
Google did launch many products in a short space of time, almost like a child getting all the toys out, then not deciding which ones to play with.

Never used any of these. Now, if they shut down the search engine, Chrome, youtube, maps and translate I'll be ****ed. Not likely me thinks.

These are the flipside of having a lot of groupthink - some of the ideas are not practical or realistic. (This is far from unique to business - government research labs have a lot of the same happen, as do military contractors; that is, in fact, the real reason they have historically insisted on cost-plus-fixed-fee in their contracts - it's not straight construction, as it can't be).

The creators of Wave never gave it a chance to work. They tried to make it a replacement for email but what did it not support? That right! Email! WTF!

How did they expect people migrate to Wave when they still had to use email to speak with their non Wave using friends?

Hey I've got this awesome new replacement for a mobile phone. Don't be silly, of course you won't be able to use it to speak with your friends who haven't yet bought one of these awesome new replacements.

Seriously Google, wtf were you thinking? The problem was obvious from minute one of using Wave.

So Google Gears will stop working? Cause they shut down development of its ages ago iirc, so even if you were/are using it now it will just fail completely?
Its about time tbh but interesting

Wait, Google Wave is still live?! I thought they shut it down around the same time as Launching Buzz!

I freaking Love Google Wave, wish I'd known it was live all this time!

Vegetunks said,
I freaking Love Google Wave
What did you love about it? What did you even do with it? I messed around with it for about 20 minutes before leaving it and not returning. Not because it was bad exactly, just because there was nothing to do with it.

Vegetunks said,
I freaking Love Google Wave, wish I'd known it was live all this time!

Google Wave was useless, overhyped and under delivered, it deserved to die.
Supposedly it was going to replace email and instant messaging and more. LOL!

dvb2000 said,

Supposedly it was going to replace email and instant messaging and more.

Hasn't everything claimed to do that in the last 10 years?

dvb2000 said,

Google Wave was useless, overhyped and under delivered, it deserved to die.
Supposedly it was going to replace email and instant messaging and more. LOL!


On the other hand, if no company dares to challenge the antique and feature-less mail system, we'll stick with mail and proprietary IM protocols forever. Fortunately, social networks seem to be changing this, but then we end up with a different problem -- isolated networks. We end up being forced to use Facebook without liking it, because so many others are there, and we might need to communicate with those.

So we still need new software, and grand, visionary product plans. And I wish people would mock companies trying to reach for revolutionary new software less and praise them more, even when they fail. Because without them, we wouldn't be communicating the way we are today. Nope, no Neowin. What they do is admirable.