Ever since the launch of Google Photos last year, the fate of its predecessor Picasa was uncertain. It’s not uncertain anymore. The Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal announced on Friday that the company would kill support for Picasa from March this year.
“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,” said Sabharwal.
The images saved in Google Picasa web album will now be transferred to Google Photos account of a user. The changes will be rolled out from May 1, 2016.
In case a user doesn’t want to use Google Photos, they will be able to access their Picasa data on a separate place. The company also specifies the users will only be able to view, download, or delete the content and not use any other services previously offered such as organising and creating albums.
The post also confirmed that Google will kill all support for the Picasa desktop application from March 15, 2016. That includes the end of updates and development on the photo sharing app. However, the company said that people who already have Picasa on desktop would be able to use it the way they do now. It’s just that the applications won’t be updated.
The services offered by Picasa will now be included in Google Photos. However, it is not confirmed yet whether an updated Google Photos will let users edit photos as well. Google Photos lets users manage and backup photos online. The service is available on web and desktop. In Android smartphones, Google Photos comes pre-installed.