In a span of one year, Google is still not done with cleaning its services or rather shutting down unpopular or abandoned services. The obvious drive of the company ever since CEO Larry Page took over the leadership was to greatly focus on things that are working and getting rid of those that don’t.
The latest addition to the execution list are rather big services of the old days, the personalized homepage iGoogle and the seemingly ambitious or shall we consider the soon-to-be-doomed Google Video. Granted the fact that Google Video have been shuffling in videos from video hosting sites, especially YouTube, and has been a life-supporter of Google for quite some time. iGoogle, on the other hand, have been losing users and is now ready to get itself in the dumpstairs, although a number of users are on the bet to pledge for it. Google will just have to apologize for that, people.
CEO Larry Page is wise and economic on this matter. On behalf of his directives, Google wisely comments, “Technology creates tremendous opportunities to improve people’s lives. But to make the most of them, we need to focus—or we end up doing too much and not having the impact we strive for. So last fall we started a spring clean, and since then we’ve closed or combined more than 30 products. Today we’re announcing a few more closures.”
There are also other Google services that receives blowing from the axe. Google Mini is getting the axe as well. Google Mini is a search tool dedicated to search contents in an organization rather than searching all throughout the web. Google Search Appliance is somehow replacing this Google service.
Google Talk Chatback is also retiring. After this is to put through, websites that want to embed chat features are now to be directed to the Meebo bar, a social chat service now owned by Google.
The Symbian Search App is also member of the execution list. Given the fact that Nokia abandoned archaic and ancient operating systems, Google’s decision just make sense.
It seems Google is narrowing down what it can offer to the people. And with new direction for lay-outing their services, it is good to hear that Google has centered the satisfaction of its customers rather than putting out too much that will give people a headache.