We wanted to give you all advance notice that in the coming months, a number of Slide's products and applications will be retired. This includes Slide's products such as Slideshow and SuperPoke! Pets, as well as more recent products such as Photovine, Video Inbox and Pool Party. We created products with the goal of providing a fun way for people to connect, communicate and share. While we are incredibly grateful to our users and for all of the wonderful feedback over the years, many of these products are no longer as active or haven't caught on as we originally hoped. Most importantly, we wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that we're committed to helping our users preserve their data as easily as possible. Update on Slide's products and our commitment to our users
Google Pack | 2011-09-02
Google Desktop | 2011-09-14
Google Desktop Update In 2004, Google launched Google Desktop, a program designed to make it easy for users to search their own PCs for emails, files, music, photos, Web pages and more. Desktop has been used by tens of millions of people and we’ve been humbled by its usage and great user feedback. However, over the past seven years we’ve also witnessed some big changes in how users store and access their own data, with many moving to web-based applications.
We launched Google PowerMeter as a free energy monitoring tool to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to their energy information. PowerMeter included key features like visualizations of your energy usage, the ability share information with others, and personalized recommendations to save energy. We partnered with device manufacturers and utilities around the world.
Last week we explained that we’re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we’ve decided to wind down Google Labs. While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead. In many cases, this will mean ending Labs experiments—in others we’ll incorporate Labs products and technologies into different product areas. And many of the Labs products that are Android apps today will continue to be available on Android Market. More wood behind fewer arrows - googlelabs.com shut down announcement
We've retired Google Buzz. If you had Buzz posts when Google Buzz shut down, we created an archive of your content and saved it to your Google Drive. We created two folders, one for a snapshot of your public Buzz posts only and one for all your posts. By default your public posts will be viewable by anyone with the link, and may appear in search results and on your Google Profile (if you’ve linked to your Buzz posts).
We aspire to build great products that really change people’s lives, products they use two or three times a day. To succeed you need real focus and thought—thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don’t work on. It’s why we recently decided to shut down some products, and turn others into features of existing products. Here’s the latest update on what’s happening: A fall sweep
Last February, we let you know we were shifting our focus from Gears to HTML5. Over the last year or so, we’ve been working closely with other browser vendors and standards bodies to help define and standardize HTML5 features across browsers, and we’ve worked hard to improve these HTML5 capabilities in Chrome: We implemented support for application caches, which are a great replacement for Gears’ offline features. App caches are already being used by web apps like the NYTimes app in the Chrome Web Store. There is also full-featured debugging support for application caches in Chrome’s developer tools.Together with our friends at Mozilla and Microsoft, we proposed, specified, and implemented the IndexedDB API. This can take the place of the Gears Database API.We implemented the HTML5 File API, which is very similar to the Gears Blob functionality.We implemented the geolocation, notifications, and web worker APIs, which were pioneered by Gears, natively in Chrome.
More spring cleaning out of season
Sidewiki | 2011-12-05
Technology improves, people’s needs change, some bets pay off and others don’t. So, as Larry previewed on our last earnings call, today we’re having a fall spring-clean at Google. Over the next few months we’ll be shutting down a number of products and merging others into existing products as features. A fall spring-clean