If you are fond of Picasa Web Album, here is bad news for you! Google Inc is going to close it down in May this year. The good news is, you will however not lose the pictures already you have uploaded.
Google has made it visible in Google photos, a photograph and video sharing and storage service it launched less than a year ago.
The search major has clearly said there will be no further development of Picasa Web Album and there will be no future updates.
Instead the company has asked the desktop users to switch to Google Photos using the desktop uploader at photos.google.com/apps.
If you have photos or videos in a Picasa Web Album, you can still access them by logging in to Google Photos. You can modify and share them as well.
For those who do not want to use Google Photos, Google will be creating a new place so that they can access their Picasa Web Albums data.
“As of March 15, 2016, Google will no longer be supporting the Picasa desktop application”, Anil Sabharwal, Head of Google Photos, said in a blog post.
However the users will not be able to create, organize or edit albums. They can do it in Google Photos.
Sabharwal has also stated that none of these changes are happening today and Google will continue to update the users along the way.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this transition causes, but we want to assure you that we are doing this with the aim of providing the best photos experience possible,” he has stated.
Google Photos is a new and smarter product that offers a better platform for us to build amazing experiences and features for you in the future, he wrote in the blog.
Google acquired Picasa Inc, a California-based digital photo management company, in 2004. Picasa was founded by Lars Perkins and his team at Idealab Boston in October 2001.