Bye Picasa! Google Ditching Photo App From March 16, 2016

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From March 16, 2016, Google’s photo editing and sharing app, Picasa will no longer be there. Google has said that it is retiring the desktop app but in May, it would archive users’ Picasa Web Albums.

Through a blog post, the head of Google Photos Anil Sabharwal said that they were abandoning the app so that they could focus on developing an app with better functionality across desktop and mobile platforms rather than divide their efforts across different products. The second app in question here being Google Photos which was launched in 2015.

So what happens to everything that you had stored in Picasa? Google says that that will be available on Google photos. They also say that the photo app will still be available for download but no updates will be offered.

“[Y]ou will still be able to view, download, or delete your Picasa Web Albums, you just won’t be able to create, organize or edit albums (you would now do this in Google Photos)”

There are still a few loyal users who were not happy with the news that Picasa would be a thing of the past. They cited the user friendliness of the photo app as one of the reasons they didn’t want to let go of it.

 

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Google is abandoning Picasa, its photo editor and sharing service that is, well, kinda dated.

 

The desktop application will no longer be supported by Google beginning March 15, 2016, according to a company blog post, and in May the company will archive users’ Picasa Web Albums.

 

A blog post from Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal said the company is retiring Picasa to focus on developing “one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.”

 

 

Google Photos was launched in mid-2015. It allows anyone with a Google account to automatically sync photos between their mobile device, laptop and a storage cloud with unlimited free space.

 

Google said the desktop photo editor will still be available for download, but it will no longer offer updates to keep the program compatible with new operating systems. Everything users have stored in Picasa Web Albums will be available on Google Photos, the company said.

 

“[Y]ou will still be able to view, download, or delete your Picasa Web Albums, you just won’t be able to create, organize or edit albums (you would now do this in Google Photos),” the post said.

Google plans to retire Picasa in favor of Google Photos over the next few months.

Picasa was one of the first widely used photo editing programs on the market, and it was one of the first to offer easy uploads and online storage.

It was set up in 2002 with the help of entrepreneur Bill Gross’s Idealab, and it was acquired by Google in 2004.

But Picasa’s popularity has faded drastically, and Google Photos offers much of the same editing options and facial recognition technology.

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