Google pulls the plug on Picassa
Google on Friday said it will be shuttering Picasa to shift its focus to the new Google Photos service launched less than a year ago.
“We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products,” Google Photos chief Anil Sabharwal said in a blog post.
All the content in Picasa has automatically shifted been to Google Photos by the company. Users can access their photos by logging in to the app which is available across all platforms or devices.
“If you have photos or videos in a Picasa Web Album today, the easiest way to still access, modify and share most of that content is to log in to Google Photos, and all your photos and videos will already be there. Using Google Photos, you can continue to upload and organise your memories, as well as enjoy other great benefits like better ways to search and share your images,” the blog post said.
In case a user doesn’t want to use Google Photos, they will be able to access their Picasa data on a separate place. The company also specifies the users will only be able to view, download, or delete the content and not use any other services previously offered such as organising and creating albums.