Google Axes iGoogle, Google Video & other services

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On Tuesday, Internet Search Giant Google has announced few more services that it will be shutting down. These services are iGoogle, Google Video, Google Mini, Symbian search app and Google Talk Chatback.

“Technology creates tremendous opportunities to improve people’s lives. But to make the most of them, we need to focus — or we end up doing too much and not having the impact we strive for,” Google’s Matt Eichner said in a blog post.

“So last fall we started a spring clean, and since then we’ve closed or combined more than 30 products. Today we’re announcing a few more closures.”

iGoogle is a personalized web portal that was launched in 2005. In the days of mobile internet, it has lost its charm. According to Google, iGoogle will no longer available after november 2013. Users have enough time to take back of their data.

“We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today’s Web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips,” he said.

Another big service which will be discontinued is Google Video. It is not a surprising step as Google Video has no value since Google has acquired YouTube. Google Video is no more as of August 20th.

Symbian users are advised to bookmark Google.com as Google is also shutting down symbian search app. Google is also shutting down Google Talk chatback and Google Mini. Google Mini (an Enterprise Search offering) will be substituted by other Google products like Google Search Appliance, Google Site Search and Google Commerce Search.

“Closing products always involves tough choices, but we do think very hard about each decision and its implications for our users,” Eichner said.

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