R.I.P Picasa: Google shutters aging photo service

picasaImage organizer Picasa was Google’s first headlong dive into the photo sharing and storing service, and in a lot of ways has paved the way for the company’s exploration into media. But now, the company is finally saying goodbye to the nearly fifteen-year-old product in a blog post today. Posted on the old Google Photos/Picasa Blog, which itself hasn’t had an update in five years, the reason for the shuttering is simple: Picasa took away from Google Photos. We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.

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