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Google to discontinue iGoogle and other services

Google has said that from November 1, 2013,
it will shut iGoogle. Launched in 2005 as a homepage housing personalized apps
and real-time information iGoogle has eroded over time and hence the company will
be winding it down. Users will have 16 months to adjust or export their data.

Google has said that from November 1, 2013,
it will shut iGoogle. Launched in 2005 as a homepage housing personalized apps
and real-time information iGoogle has eroded over time and hence the company will
be winding it down. Users will have 16 months to adjust or export their data.

According to Google, as a part of their spring
clean exercise, the company has closed or combined more than 30 products and s
announcing the closure of more now.  The company
has also said that Google Mini, which has been an important part of its Enterprise
Search offering, beginning July 31, 2012 will be discontinued as the product’s
functionality can be better provided by products like Google Search Appliance,
Google Site Search and Google Commerce Search. Google will continue to provide
technical support to Mini customers for the duration of their contracts, and
will reach out to them shortly with more details.

Google Video stopped taking uploads in May
2009 and will be moving the remaining hosted content to YouTube. Google Video
users have until August 20 2012 to migrate, delete or download their content.

Google Talk Chatback that allowed websites to
embed a Google Talk widget so that they could engage with their visitors is now
outdated and hence the company is turning off Chatback and encouraging websites
to use the Meebo bar. Google will also be closing its Symbian Search App to
focus our efforts on our mobile web search experience and encourage users to go
Google.com and make it the homepage or bookmark it.

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