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Google on Friday announced that the Picasa desktop app and its corresponding online photo-sharing service, called Picasa Web Albums, are soon going to be officially dead. This didn’t come as a shock: since the launch of Google Photos, Picasa’s fate was pretty much sealed.

As of March 15, 2016, Google will no longer be supporting the desktop Picasa application for Mac and Windows. After the cut-off date, existing Picasa installations will still work.

However, Google has said it will cease development of the app so there will be no future updates nor will the Picasa app continue to be available for download after March 15.

Focusing on Photos

“After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos,” explains the search giant.

“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.”

Picasa on desktop

Google is suggesting that Picasa users switch to its new Photos service and mobile apps. A desktop Google Photos uploader is available at photos.google.com/apps. Additionally, Google will be retiring some functions of the Picasa API.

Picasa Web Albums

As for Picasa Web Albums, its users have two choices at their disposal.

One, they can simply log in to Google Photos on the web where most of their Picasa Web Albums content will already be there; and two, people who don’t want to use Google Photos will soon have a new place to access their Picasa Web Albums data, including photo tags, captions and comments.

This yet-to-be-announced website will let users view, download or delete their Picasa Web Albums. However, creating, editing and organizing albums won’t be supported.

Changes to Picasa Web Albums will start rolling out on May 1, 2016.

“One thing to make clear is that none of this is happening today—if you have a Picasa Web Album you can keep using it as normal,” cautions Google.

No matter how you look at it, it is perfectly clear that Google is steering Picasa users toward the Photos service, which may not be a bad thing at all.

Source: Google

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    • BenjamimDaniel

      Why is that good?

    • Tonewall Jaxon

      why…to dumb to use it….it could not work better if used as it was intended.

  • My Wasted Fantasy

    Thank god, I hated having it.

    • Tonewall Jaxon

      why….it worked and was easy…….?

  • John Smith

    so they’re killing the desktop app and not replacing it?

  • ClaudieX X

    I’m using Picasa Web Album since the beginning… I have ALL my photos and videos there… a couple of years ago, Google started to see Facebook gaining terrain on media sharing and Google+ was born… since that moment… Picasa users were constantly hammered to migrate to that ugly and unnecessary web page… They don’t understand that we want to have our photos on the cloud… but not to shear them… only to see them when we want with our phones, tablets and computers… I I pay for the space I have… why are they so in despair to share our media?? Well… Now Google Photos born… and is a mix between Picasa and Google+…( I think that Google heard us) It took some time to close all share options… because by default they are all active…
    P.S.: Picasa Windows App is the worst photo editor I saw in my whole life…

  • the biggest issue is the deprecating of the picasa api and especially the tags which will not be supported in google photos. The best way is probably to move to flickr and find a dedicated service for managing photos. I think casual users wont be espcially impacted, but anyone who has used the API which provided almost a CDN quality will be really impacted

  • Fred Smith

    Stupid move. Not everyone wants to or has the bandwidth access to move their photos to the cloud.