Google to Shut Down Picasa to Spur Google Photos Growth

February 15, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google is breaking new ground under its new leadership. Unfortunately, this won’t go well with the long-term users of Google’s desktop image managing software, Picasa.

In an effort to moot the flourishing of its Google Photos services, the Alphabet owned company has now decided to turn down the support for Picasa, a service that has captured the minds of people much before Google Photos and Google + made it into the scene.

Apparently, Google wants to build its future image services focused on a single service, i.e. the Google Photos, which will also have multi-platform support across desktops and smartphones.


The transition will effectively be taking place in May this year, which means that users won’t be able to create or modify their albums in Picasa from May 1.

The time gap can be used by users to make the switch to the much improved Photos services, where users can automatically retrieve all their Picasa albums and images.

Users will still be able to use Picasa, and will have access to their entire stored image database. It’s just that there won’t be any new additions taking place. Options like viewing, editing etc would still remain very much alive as long as they have Picasa installed on their desktops.

If you haven’t noticed, Google has long back dropped any sort of update for its Picasa services. So this comes nothing as a surprise either. Google has also assured that it will work hard to provide the best photos experience, adding the apology for the inconvenience incurred by users due to the transition.

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