Remember Picasa, the web photo sharing service from Google which the Mountain View Company acquired back in 2004. Google has now announced that it is shutting down the service in favour of Google Photos. The company is merging its efforts and is focussing on single photo service. Google last year retired its Google+ Photos app in favour of Google Photos and the present announcement is in the same way. The announcement came from Anil Sabharwal, Head of Google Photos in a blog post on Google + on February 12. From the blog post:
“Since the launch of Google Photos, we’ve had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa. After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos. We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.
We know for many of you, a great deal of care has gone into managing your photos and videos using Picasa—including the hours you’ve invested and the most precious moments you’ve trusted us with. So we will take some time in order to do this right and provide you with options and easy ways to access your content. We’ve outlined below some of the changes you can expect.”
The Picasa desktop application will continue to work but no further updates or feature enhancements will come the app. User who are using the app or download the app before March 15, 2016 will be able to use the app as it is working presently. Picasa Web albums for users will not be available from May 1, 2016. Users can access the photos and videos of Picasa Web albums by logging into Google Photos and all the content of user would be available there.
For those users who would not like to move to Google Photos or who wish to see their albums with tags, comments captions, Google is working on something different, “we will be creating a new place for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data.” With this the users can view, download, or delete Picasa Web album. User will not be able to create, organize or edit albums in Picasa Web album but would need to do all that work in Google Photos.
So this is what Google is doing by merging its services under one name, are you happy with this decision of Google going forward. As there is still time for this to happen we expect to get more clarity Google in this regard and will keep you posted about this.