Google slashes services

Seven more applications are taken offline as company focuses on streamlining

Google has slashed seven more services from its catalogue in an attempt to further streamline its services.
Google has slashed seven more services from its catalogue in an attempt to further streamline its services.

Google is slashing seven more products from its catalogue so that it can simplify its range of services, the company has said in its official blog.

This is the third time Google has cut services, and this time the services being dropped include Google Wave, Knol, Google Friend Connect and Google Gears.

"We're in the process of shutting a number of products which haven't had the impact we'd hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward. Overall, our aim is to build a simpler, more intuitive, truly beautiful Google user experience," said Urs Holzle, Google's vice president of operations.


The seven latest products earmarked for the chop are: Google Bookmarks Lists, an experimental feature for sharing bookmarks and collaborating with friends, which will end on 19th December.

Google Friend Connect, which allowed webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. The service will be retired for all non-Blogger sites on 1st March, 2012.

Google Gears browser extension was ended in March, and now Google is removing all Gears-based Gmail and Calendars and later in December Gears will no longer be available for download.

Google Search Timeline will also be removed, along with Google Wave, Knol and the Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE

This initiative was developed as an effort to drive down the cost of renewable energy, with an RE

"At this point, other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level. So we've published our results to help others in the field continue to advance the state of power tower technology, and we've closed our efforts. We will continue our work to generate cleaner, more efficient energy-including our on-campus efforts, procuring renewable energy for our data centres, making our data centers even more efficient and investing more than $850 million in renewable energy technologies," said Holzle.

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