Google to shutdown Picasa this spring

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Google has finally decided to shut down its photo storage service Picasa. This service will die on May 1 and photo albums will no longer be available. Starting march 16, desktop app for Picasa will no longer available. If you have already downloaded this software, you will not receive future updates.

This decision is wise because Google is already investing a lot in its new photo storage service Google Photos. So, managing two different services is a not a good idea.

“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,” Google Photos chief Anil Sabharwal said in a blog post.

Users who actively use Picasa can switch to Google Photos. Your existing Picasa photos and albums will be available in Google Photos. You can start using Google Photos from now and enjoy the better feature. If you do not wish to switch, you can download your photos and delete Picasa albums.

Developers using Picasa API should also consider doing necessary changes before API stops working.

Being true, Google has already stopped working on Picasa for a long time. No considerable feature was added and only security updates were pushed.

So say goodbye to Picasa and switch to Google Photos.


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