Spring Cleaning: iGoogle, Google Videos to be Shut Down Soon

July 4, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google’s spring cleaning spree is still on and the company has announced the closure of five more products. Spring Clean, a project that was started last fall to clear out old and irrelevant products, has seen some 30 products being closed or combined to new services.

A new official blog post from Google adds five more products to that list. However, the real miss on the pack will be iGoogle, which was originally launched in 2005 and was part of many desktops since then, at a time when personalized apps were a far reality. iGoogle will retire on November 1, 2013.

Google Video has earlier announced its closure with the stopping of uploads from May 2009. But the service will be completely shut down by late summer.

Users will have to download their content or migrate to YouTube by August 20. Don’t worry, the company is not going to wipe anything out but will just shovel the videos into YouTube which can be accessed through YouTube Video Manager.

Google Mini was a relevant enterprise search offering when it was introduced in 2005. But today products like Google Search Appliances or Commerce Search or Site Search actually bring out better results.

Hence the service will be closed from July 31. But existing customers will get support till the end of their contract.

Similarly, Google Talk Chatback, which allowed embedding a Google Talk widget to their website to chat with visitors, is bowing out to more relevant Meebo bar, a product from Meebo which was recently acquired by Google.

The same goes with the old Symbian Search App. Google requests users to switch to its omnipotent eponymous search engine instead.

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