Picasa, the one true desktop application is going to end on March 15, and the web photo albums will no longer be accessible by May 1st, 2016. Announced by Google on its own blog post that it would discontinue the popular Picasa photo management tool in order to put all its efforts toward its new service, called Google Photos.
Don’t mind, it doesn’t make sense for Google to keep investing in two seperate photo storage and online sharing apps, that is the reason why it has decided to phase out the already famous Picasa Web Album serveice and desktop application over the next three months.
Google has introduced Picasa all the way back in 2002 and it was the company’s upstart search engine and Google itself brought the app two years later in 2004, remained a desktop-oriented app and service, though. Later third-party apps for iOS and Android exist to manage Picasa Web Albums. And Google Photos launched last year in May and is pretty much geared toward today’s mobile lifestyle than Picasa was earlier.
Finally, Google took the decision to phase out Picasa desktop app and Web Albums feature in coming months and that isn’t disappearing immediately. But will retire the Picasa desktop app on March 15; you will be able to download it until then and the app will continue to work, but come 15th March, Google will no longer support the app.
If you’re users of Picasa, can make the move to Google Photos at any time now. Sign into Google Photos with your existing Picasa account information, and Google says, your Picasa uploads will be right there waiting for you undisturbed. Although there isn’t a desktop app for Google Photos, you can simply and easily upload new photographs to your collection via the Web interface.
Web Albums will however stick around a little longer – until May 1st. Till then, you will be able to access your Web Albums as you wish to use so, and after that timing, the company will provide “a new place for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data,” just in case you wish don’t want to make the move to Google Photos but still want to access and save your Picasa data, as per the blog post.
“After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos,” Anil Sabharwal, the head of the Google Photos team, said in a blog post. “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.”
You can continue to upload photos and videos using the desktop uploader at photos.google.com/apps. Said that it will also be retiring some functions of the Picasa API. Developers can learn more here. As of March 15, 2016, Google will no longer be supporting the Picasa desktop application.