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#Google Retires #iGoogle and Four Other Products

On Tuesday,  Google announced they are shutting down a few services and products. One of those products is iGoogle.

Here’s a summary of the changes that Google be making:

  • The Google Mini has been an important part of Google’s Enterprise Search offering since it was first introduced in 2005. It’s had a good run, but beginning July 31 Google plans on discontinuing the product because its functionality can be better provided by products like Google Search Appliance, Google Site Search and Google Commerce Search. Google will of course continue to provide technical support to Mini customers for the duration of their contracts, and will reach out to them shortly with more details.
  • Google Talk Chatback allowed websites to embed a Google Talk widget so that they could engage with their visitors. It’s now outdated, so Google’s turning off Chatback and encouraging websites to use the Meebo bar.
  • Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009. Later this summer Google will be moving the remaining hosted content to YouTube. Google Video users have until August 20 to migrate, delete or download their content. Google will then move all remaining Google Video content to YouTube as private videos that users can access in the YouTube video manager. For more details, please see Google’s post on the YouTube blog.
  • On November 1, 2013, iGoogle will be retired. Google 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. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has eroded over time, so Google be winding it down. Users will have 16 months to adjust or export their data.
  • Google soon be retiring the Symbian Search App to focus their efforts on mobile web search experience. Users are encouraged to go to http://www.google.com and make it your homepage or bookmark it. Switching from the app to the web experience will enable users to make the most of the web-wide improvements we make for search all the time.

Full article from Google can be found here

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