Google has revealed its latest list of services that are gearing up to get the chop. There are three in total, including Google Listen, Google Apps for Teams, and Google Video for Business. The search giant is also going to close a number of Google-created blogs that are “updated infrequently” or are now redundant.
Google announced the changes in a post on its official blog. It says that by “donating, merging, and shutting things down” it can focus on popular products that million of us use each and every day — rather than spending time on those that hardly see any use.
Google Apps for Teams, a service introduced in 2008 to allow users with a verified business to collaborate with different apps, will be first to close. Google says that over time, it “realized that Google Apps for Teams was not as useful for people as we originally anticipated.” The service will be shutdown on September 4, and existing accounts will be automatically converted into personal Google accounts.
Google Listen, the company’s own podcast app that was launched through Google Labs in August 2009, is also going to be killed off. Google says that people now have access to a wide variety of podcast apps through Google Play, and so Listen will no longer function after November 1. If you’re still a Listen user, you can access your subscriptions through Google Reader in the “Listen Subscriptions” folder, where you’ll be able to export them for use in another app.
Google Video for Business, a video hosting and sharing solutions for business and educations users, will be discontinued this fall. All videos hosted with this service will be migrated to Google Drive and will be stored for free, which means they won’t count against your Google Drive storage quota.
Finally, Google will also be closing some of its blogs over time. The company currently maintains more than 150 blogs, but some of those are no longer updated and are now redundant. “This doesn’t mean that we’ll be sharing any less information,” the company says, “we’ll just be posting our updates on our more popular channels.”