Google is shutting down Picasa on May 1, 2016

"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." Google said in a blog post

The company is asking Picasa users to try Google Photos for all their picture needs.

However, for those of you who don’t want to use Google Photos or who still want to be able to view specific content, such as tags, captions or comments, Google will be creating a new place for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data.

That way, you will still be able to view, download, or delete your Picasa Web Albums, you just won’t be able to create, organize or edit albums (you would now do this in Google Photos).

Picasa Web Albums and the Picasa Web Albums Data API will continue working as normal until May 1, 2016. After that, users will only be able to view their photos, while developers will lose some API functions.

Google will stop supporting the Picasa desktop application sooner: on March 15, 2016. But if you have already have the software, it should continue to function — there just won’t be new updates anymore.


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