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As part of its continued pursuit of “focus” Google is shutting down five more products. That includes Google Video, iGoogle, Google Mini, Google Talk Chatback and its Symbian Search App, the company announced in a blog post Tuesday afternoon.

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As part of its continued pursuit of “focus” Google is shutting down five more products. That includes Google Video, iGoogle, Google Mini, Google Talk Chatback and its Symbian Search App, the company announced in a blog post Tuesday afternoon.

Google Mini is being retired on July 31 after seven years because it’s basically redundant, Google says, thanks to Google Search Appliance, Google Site Search and Google Commerce Search. In place of Google Talk Chatback, the company is encouraging users to switch to the Meebo Bar, which Google now owns thanks to its purchase of Meebo last month. The Symbian Search App is being retired so Google can “focus out efforts on our mobile web search experience” — also, Symbian’s market share of mobile devices has dropped like a rock and Google cares about improving Android search more.

iGoogle isn’t actually going anywhere until November 2013, but Google is giving longtime users a heads up to plan to move their data. Google Video, on the other hand, has been dormant for three years. Users have until August to download their videos from the site before they’re deleted forever.

The impetus for all of this housecleaning, announced last summer, was to get the company to focus on “higher-impact products.” CEO Larry Page said that he wanted  the search giant to concentrate on “simplifying and streamlining our product lines” in order to put “more wood behind fewer arrows.”

In the last year and a half Google has shut down 30 properties, including Slide, Google Health, Google Power Meter, Google Labs and Aaardvark. But a year on, it’s not clear the company has adhered that closely to his matra. At Google I/O the company was showing off several new tangential Google products like the experimental Project Glass; the Nexus Q living room device; and its own infrastructure-as-a-service offering, Cloud Compute Engine.

Image courtesy of Flickr user psd

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  1. Losing iGoogle is a huge deal for me. I use it as my primary home page on all computers, work and home. I do not know what I will replace it with other than Yahoo which is what I used before iGoogle. I think this is a huge mistake on Google’s part, I know so many people that also use this as their primary web page.

    1. While I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal, give Netvibes or Pageflakes a try. Seriously better than My Yahoo.

    2. It’s exactly the same for me. I use iGoogle as my home page, and refer to it constantly throughout the day. Shame it’s going away, but not for a little while yet.

    3. mymsn is very similar complete with RSS feed modules.

  2. iGoogle has been my homepage for the last 6 years or so. I have no idea what to use instead? It has all my feeds on it.

  3. irwin fletcher Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    shutting down iGoogle? either they are working on something else or the internet is going backwards.

    1. That’s what I thought. iGoogle was a major step towards web 3.0 with multiple modules active at once. I guess I will just have to switch back to mymsn which is pretty much the same. The trouble is i believe hotmail is in for a major overhaul. I hope it doesn’t effect that.

  4. Alice Bealine Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    For an iGoogle alternative, try Protopage.com

  5. iGoogle is my homepage. It has been since the first day Google introducted it. I hope that the powers to be come up with something similar. I will not use Yahoo or MSN as a homepage. They have to many bugs for my taste.

  6. bruteforce411 Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Let’s hope they rethink this. The alternatives just don’t work as well with the Google tools like mail and calendar.

  7. Nokia gonna make a good out of all http://wp.me/2sF67

  8. Boris Rybakov Sunday, July 8, 2012

    this one is excellent. i fell in love with Quick Link and Read Later tools. http://www.aboogy.com

  9. I use iGoogle for my home page and my search engine. I hate they are doing this and it’s very unuser friendly to me. I guess I will go to MSN as my home page and start using Bing as my search engine. I hate companies that you have used for years to take something away and just say tough…so goodby iGoogle and Google search.

  10. I love iGoogle and it receives all my RSS feeds, blogs, news, social feeds etc

    But since I’ve been using mobile more and more I hardly ever use it. On Apple devices I find Flipbook better organised and covering many of the same feeds, though it would be good to have it as an RSS reader.

    Main problem is that people don’t like change, but as another poster intimated, this change creates opportunity.

    In short, yeah I find it useful but in the end I don’t really care.

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