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Google to shut down five projects including iGoogle

03 Jul 2012
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Google is planning to shut down five of its platforms and services in what the company described as a "cleaning" of operations.

The company said that the Google Mini, Talk Chatback, Video, iGoogle and Symbian Search App projects would all be soon retired, disabled and shut down.

Google said that the move was part of its 'spring clean' policy which has brought the end of some 30 products since last September.

For enterprise users, the clean-out will include the end of the Google Mini appliance. The hardware appliance had been targeted at businesses as an affordable option for cataloguing and searching large document collections.

"It’s had a good run, but beginning 31 July we’re discontinuing the product because its functionality can be better provided by products like Google Search Appliance, Google Site Search and Google Commerce Search," the company said.

"We will of course continue to provide technical support to Mini customers for the duration of their contracts, and will reach out to them shortly with more details."

Additionally, Google will be formally shutting down the Google Video portal. The service, which has been in limbo ever since the company acquired YouTube, has not been accepting uploads for some three years and the company has previously said that it would be shutting down the service entirely.

Other planned cuts include the Google Talk Chatback web support widget and the Symbian mobile search platform as well as iGoogle, the web application platform which the company now considers obsolete.

"We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today's web and mobile apps would put personalised, real-time information at your fingertips," the company said.

"With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding it down."


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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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