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In September, Google decided to axe a number of servic Google Takes the Axe to 10 Products [News] Google Takes the Axe to 10 Products [News] It seems that Google has a hand in nearly everything, from feed readers to email to smartphones, but there are limits to the company’s patience with the products under its wing. Now Google has announced... Read More es Google Takes the Axe to 10 Products [News] Google Takes the Axe to 10 Products [News] It seems that Google has a hand in nearly everything, from feed readers to email to smartphones, but there are limits to the company’s patience with the products under its wing. Now Google has announced... Read More that were under-performing as part of an ongoing effort to focus on core projects. Today, the body count has increased.

Perhaps the most significant loss is Knol, which was Google’s attempt to create a viable Wikipedia alternative. Although it managed to acquire over 100,000 articles, it never managed to compete, and will now be seeing itself out. Users can salvage information, however, by moving it to a new WordPress-based platform called Annotum. The Knol site will go inactive on May 1st 2012, and information on Knol will still be available for download or export to Annotum until October 1st, 2012.

Google Wave 4 Great Gadgets To Spice Up Your Google Wave Experience 4 Great Gadgets To Spice Up Your Google Wave Experience Read More , which saw a halt to development in April of 2010, is finally going the way of the dinosaurs. As of January 2012 the site will become read-only, and everything will be deleted as of April 2012.

Also on the chopping block are Google Bookmarks Lists, Google Friend Connect, Google Gears, and Google Search Timeline, all of which will be discontinued within the next few months. For details on the end dates, check out the full blog announcement. The Renewable Energy Cleaner than Coal project is to be given the halt, as well, but it likely won’t be missed since there was never a user-facing component to it.

Coincidentally, Google Health – a service whose demise was announced earlier this year – recently  sent an email reminder notifying users that it will be discontinued as of January 1st 2012, with data stored there remaining available for download until January 1st, 2013.

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Source: CNET

  1. Farhan
    November 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I would say google's most lousy decision was to axe the dictionary. You can never imagine how useful it was for people like me where English is not the mother tongue. Translator is never a match to that. I have never understood why google stopped such an awesome service. And I bet plus would be on the queue within years

  2. Arthur McKenzie
    November 26, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Knol was never really pushed by Google the way that Blogger, YouTube and other user-driven sites were pushed. I discovered Knol by accident in 2009 and found the contributions & articles there quite articulate and almost scholarly.

    I guess business interests trump others, both for the short term and long. At least they don't have a bloated set of under-performing web properties (like some other online dinosaurs) and want to keep the lineup clean and mean.

    • M.S. Smith
      November 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

      I agree, Google seemed to abandon Knol the moment it was introduced. But then, that may have been because of a lack of focus...which is what these kind of cuts are supposed to help solve.

  3. Valentin Uzunov
    November 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    This exactly why Google is so good, cause they can drop a crappy project, and move not, without it being a huge deal. Innovators man .... 

    • Anonymous
      November 28, 2011 at 4:08 am

      This is exactly why Google is not good, because rather than actually thinking, "How can we make an awesome product that people will love and will be useful and fun", they think, "Huh! I wonder if this will work?". This is why they have so many products and so many fail.

      When they get down to it, they know how to build a great product. Their email is fantastic, their search is awesome, their RSS is good, and they have a lot of small nifty labs features, but the fact remains that they do too much at a time. They need to streamline so they can spend time and other resources on the best and most successful products.

      That said, I loved the concept of Wave. Was it the execution that didn't work out? I don't know, but I'll miss it.

  4. UUUnicorn
    November 25, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I'm rather unhappy with Google for ending Google Desktop--I LOVED the sidebar. Please, could anyone recommend a subsitute for Google Desktop that runs well on Windows XP Home Edition, especially on a netbook?

    Thank you.

    • Aibek
      November 26, 2011 at 9:30 am

      Yahoo Widgets?

  5. Aries Warlock
    November 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Google Bookmarks is ending??? What service can I use now?

    • Leslie A. Joy
      November 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Google Bookmarks isn't ending-a sharing aspect of it is. 

      From the Official Google Blog Post:

      "Google Bookmarks Lists—This is an experimental feature for sharing bookmarks and collaborating with friends, which we’re going to end on December 19, 2011. All bookmarks within Lists will be retained and labeled for easier identification, while the rest of Google Bookmarks will function as usual. As Lists was an English-only feature, non-English languages will be unaffected."

      • Aries Warlock
        November 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        Ah, good to know, thanks.

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