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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 that a number of under-performers will be given the axe.

Perhaps the most significant (or at least, the only dying service I’ve used for more than a few days) is Google Desktop 7 Must-Have Google Desktop Gadgets for Productivity 7 Must-Have Google Desktop Gadgets for Productivity Read More , which brought gadgets and search directly to the desktop experience. Though a neat trick at the time of its release in 2004, both Windows and Mac OS X now offer similar functionality, making the product redundant. Support will end on September 14th.

Other notable products that will be buried include Aardvark, a question-and-answer site brought under Google’s wing in early 2010, and Fast Flip, a service that tried to digitally replicate the style of a newspaper. While unique, neither were popular, which is no doubt why they’ll soon be gone. Less important causalities include Google Pack, Google Web Security, Google Notebook, Google Maps API for Flash, Sidewiki, Subscribed Links, and Image Labeler.

It’s doubtful any of these services will be greatly missed (queue hostile comments), but their disappearance points to a larger trend within the company. Google has been trying to streamline its product offerings, and has been switching focus to web apps exclusively. That leaves no room for experiments like Aardvark or locally installed software such as Google Desktop.

Farewell, sweet products. Some of us will miss you. Maybe.  Will you miss them?

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Source: PC Magazine

  1. Alixpass69
    September 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I didn't even know about Aardvark until reading this.

  2. Bernard
    September 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Never heard of any of these, apart from Google Desktop. Which I refused to use for privacy reasons. G doesn't need to know about all files on my hd as well.

    • M.S. Smith
      September 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      I stopped using Google Desktop when I started using Windows 7. There just wasn't much point, all the widgets I wanted were available through the OS and the built-in desktop search was better.

  3. Mark O'Neill
    September 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Unbelievable!  A great informative article and instead everyone is lining up to bash Matt over one spelling mistake.  Anyone care to discuss the actual story?

  4. Path
    September 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Also, the anal-retentive grammar fascist in me LOVES to see evidence of fellow tribe members. ;-) You GO, gang!

  5. path
    September 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I, for one (maybe the only one?) will miss Google Desktop. I find it quite handy.

  6. Englishsupport De
    September 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    O my...Google decides to get rid of some products, and the response is a tiff about grammatically correct English. What is the world coming to...improved written emails!

    • Mcswan
      September 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Well, the misspelling *was* a call for irate comments...

      Seems appropriate to me. :)

  7. Tom
    September 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    @Anon English should be capitalised and it is customary to end sentences with a full stop. Part time pedant.

  8. Ryz283
    September 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I wish people used google notebook. I use it a lot. Wish they didn't have to get rid of it.

  9. Anon
    September 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Que isn't a word (in english). I think you meant cue but thought of queue

    • M.S. Smith
      September 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      I was thinking queue. As in - line up the hostile comments! Although cue would work in this sentence as well (start the hostile comments!).

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