Google Shutting Down Some of Its Collaboration Tools

Google has announced the demise of Google Apps for Teams, Google Listen, and Google Video for Business, which have all been replaced (or are in the process of being replaced) with new products. To ease the transition, the company has posted instructions on when and where to send old files.

  • September 4, 2012: Google will roll existing Google Apps for Teams accounts into personal Google Accounts like Gmail, YouTube, Picasa, AdWords, Google Checkout, etc.  This doesn’t appear to require any action unless you don’t use any of these Google products.
  • November 1, 2012: Google Listen is now part of Google Play. Your app will still work, but after November 1, the podcast search won’t. Podcast subscriptions can be found in Google Reader in the “Listen Subscriptions” folder. Use the “Import/Export” tab to download.
  • Fall 2012: Google will move all videos hosted on Google Video for Business over to Google Drive, which the company says “has similar storage and sharing capabilities.” The move is free and does not count against your Google Drive storage quota. If you need another video conferencing tool, we recommend Google+ Hangouts.

Google also plans to shut down a few of its 150+ blogs, moving the content to more popular blogs and making the updates easier to find.

“Technology has the power to change people’s lives,” wrote Google director of engineering Max Ibel in a blog post. “But to make a difference, we need to carefully consider what to focus on, and make hard decisions about what we won’t pursue. This enables us to devote more time and resources giving you products you love, and making them better for you.”

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