In a bid to sharpen focus on meaningful projects and make way for bigger and better products, Google has decided to bring curtains down on ten of its services.
With Larry Page firmly in charge as CEO, unnecessary projects that are small or have outlived their usefulness will be phased out in the coming months.
The employees working on the affected companies will be transferred to other Google properties or reassigned to new positions.
“This will make things much simpler for our users, improving the overall Google experience,” stated Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google.
“It will also mean we can devote more resources to high-impact products the ones that improve the lives of billions of people,” he added.
The other products that are being shutdown as a part of the reorganization process include, Image Labeler, Google Notebook, Sidewiki, Subscribed Links, Google Maps API for Flash and Google Web Security.
Services being chopped:- Following Slide, Google Health, Google Power Meter, and Google Labs, the properties being pruned are the following:
1.Aardvak: Google acquired Aardvark last February for a reported $50 million. Aardvark uses the contacts in a person’s network to provide answers to questions at Vark.com, instant messaging, email or Twitter.
2.Fast Flip: Launched with great fanfare two years ago, Fast Flip helped users browse through news stories from Google’s media partners on the web page and on mobile devices at a significantly high speed.
3.Google Pack: Unveiled at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show, the Google Pack, a collection of free software app like Skype, Abobe Acrobat Reader, and Google Earth will also be killed.
4.Google Desktop: With people having easy access to their data online or offline, Google’s desktop which allows you to search the web, email, as well as files on your computer is no longer useful. It will be knocked off on September 14th.
The other 6 products:- The other products that are being shutdown as a part of the reorganization process include, Image Labeler, Google Notebook, Sidewiki, Subscribed Links, Google Maps API for Flash and Google Web Security. Google has decided to bring curtains down on ten of its services.
Eustace concluded, “We’ll continue to take risks on interesting new technologies with a lot of potential. But by targeting our resources more effectively, we can focus on building world-changing products with a truly beautiful user experience.”
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