Google continues to streamline their product line along with several of their communication channels.
Google has said it will be retiring three services and trimming the number of blogs it uses to communicate its plans.
The search giant made the announcement through the official Google blog, in a post by Director of Engineering Max Ibel. As well as retiring some services he said Google will close a number of official blogs and other communication channels. Updates will now take place on the most popular of the more than 150 blogs the company currently maintains, as a number of them are quietly closed down.
So, what products are now facing the axe?
Google Apps for Teams: Introduced in 2008, Google App users or connected school and college users who possessed a verified email were able to collaborate on projects using non-email apps including Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Talk. However, the product was “not as useful for people as we originally anticipated,” Ibel said, and so it will be closing its doors this year.
Beginning on September 4, 2012, existing Google Apps for Teams accounts will be converted into personal Google accounts.
Google Video for Business: The video hosting and sharing platform was provided for Google Apps for Business and Google Apps for Education users. It was designed in order for organisations to “use video for internal communication”, but starting this fall, any media which is hosted on Google Video for Business… [Read more]