Google to shut down Apps for Teams, Listen, Video for Business and few Google blogs

Google has announced that it will shut down three services and closing a number of blogs it uses to provide update about its products and services.

Max Ibel, Director of Engineering of Google posted in Google’s official blog that Google will sut down some of its features and services to focus on the high-impact products that millions of people use, multiple times a day. Apart from closing some services he has also said Google will close a number of official blogs and other communication channels. This doesn’t mean that Goolge will be sharing any less information as it will be posting the updates on their more popular channels.

Products now facing the axe:

Google Apps for Teams which was introduced in 2008 to allow people with a verified business or school email address to collaborate using non-email applications from Google like Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Talk. Beginning September 4, 2012, existing Google Apps for Teams accounts will be converted into personal Google Accounts.

Google Listen launched through Google Labs in August 2009, to give people a way to discover and listen to podcasts. But people now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps courtesy Google Play. So Google Listen will be discontinued after November 1. People who have already installed the app can still use it, till then after which the podcast search won’t function. You can access your podcast subscriptions in Google Reader in the “Listen Subscriptions” folder and download them from the Import/Export tab.

Google Video for Business is a video hosting and sharing solution that allowed Google Apps for Business and Google Apps for Education customers to use video for internal communication. All videos hosted on Google Video for Business will be migrated to Google Drive, starting this fall. All migrated videos will be stored for free and will not count against a user’s Google Drive storage quota.

Finally, Google also be closing a number of Google-created blogs. Google maintains 150+ blogs and other communications channels about its products and services. Those blogs which are updated infrequently, or are redundant with other blogs will be closed down on a course of time. Goolgle will be posting the updates on its more popular channels.

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