Hey Google. and +Anil Sabharwal
I have been using Picasa for many years now. First you guys crammed G+ down our throats by forcing it into everything and then tried to take away Picasa by intentionally breaking it with the redirect page. Now you are trying to do it again but being more friendly. The users don't want it to go away and you still won't listen to us!
What you don't realize is the end user could care less about your internal rebranding and reinvention of the wheel. Photos are photos. Stop constantly bullying your users and figure out a way to make this transition seamless. We should not have to do anything differently. If the user wants to use Picasa to add photos or G+ or Google Photos or whatever "new and innovative" product you have next week it's all the same to us regardless of what you have going on in the back end of things.
The real rub here is I'm PAYING you for extra storage space for you to try to tell me how I can use it. The moment you shut down the Picasa web interface I will nuke my Picasa galleries and I'll take my photos to a more stable provider that's not going to rebrand themselves every few months and try to tell me what to do. I barely use Google plus anymore because it's just as bad of a failure as Google Buzz in comparison to the established social networking sites. It won't be much of a loss to me.
Enough is enough. They are photos. Make your useless extra features work the way the user wants or just stop tinkering with things. Figure out what your market WANTS or just stop wasting your time. And ours for that matter. That's the real reason so many of your products fail to be quite honest. You get users interested and then just waste their time when you pull the plug for no real reason other than your internal politics and nerdy engineers who know nothing about the end users or their desires. Invest in some real product management who understands the use cases instead of software engineers on their quest for the "new shiny". Users are tired of constantly having the rug pulled out from under them for no real reason or benefit.
Take a look at what your users have to say about this. Perhaps you aren't aware? Or perhaps you just don't care? https://productforums.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/picasahttp://googlephotos.blogspot.com/2016/02/moving-on-from-picasa.html