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


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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