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Google is axing more applications

Video for business and others closing
Mon Aug 06 2012, 12:52
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INTERNET SERVICES OUTFIT Google is killing off three more of its online applications and is closing down over one hundred of its blogs.

The firm is shutting the door on Video for business, Listen, and Apps for Teams as it looks to create a more streamlined business and presumably make its job a lot easier.

"Technology has the power to change people's lives. But to make a difference, we need to carefully consider what to focus on, and make hard decisions about what we won't pursue," said Max Ibel, director of engineering at Google.

"This enables us to devote more time and resources giving you products you love, and making them better for you."

Google seems committed to closing down a lot of its various properties this year, and has already announced the end of Google Video and Igoogle, its all-in-one home page feature. Whether that adds up to a better array of services we can't say, but in the case of the later, the app will be missed.

The firm also said that it will close down around 150 of its blogs. From the sounds of it these will be ones where tumbleweeds, as opposed to anything interesting, get posted.

"Finally, Google maintains 150+ blogs and other communications channels about our products and services, and so over time we'll also be closing a number of Google-created blogs that are either updated infrequently, or are redundant with other blogs," added Ibel.

"This doesn't mean that we'll be sharing any less information - we'll just be posting our updates on our more popular channels."

Ibel said that Listen users will still be able to use the application to listen to podcasts and that Video users can store their content in a Google Drive for free. Google Apps for Teams content will be rolled into users' personal Drives, he added. µ


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