Since April 2011, Google has more aggressively closed
services to focus on its strengths. Now five more products,
including Google Video and iGoogle, will be retired.
Google Mini has been an important part of the company's
Enterprise Search offering since it was first introduced in
2005. However, beginning July 31 Google is discontinuing
the product because its functionality could be better
provided by products like Google Search Appliance, Google
Site Search and Google Commerce Search.
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It's now outdated, so Google is turning off Chatback and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
On November 1, 2013, iGoogle will be also 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. With modern
apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the
need for iGoogle has eroded over time, so Google will be
winding it down. Users will have 16 months to adjust or
export their data.
Google will also soon be retiring its Symbian Search App to
focus its efforts on its mobile web search experience.
The services join a growing pile of relatively obscure
products that Google has purged. A list from September of
services to be retired included Aardvark, Fast Flip and
Google Pack. The company said it has shut down more than 30
products since last fall.