Google announced that it is retiring Picasa over the coming months. All the focus will be shifted to current photo service Google Photos. And all the Web Albums and other services connected with Picasa, now accessible by Google Photos.
For many, this was no surprise. Picasa and Google Photos are similar in purpose. The head of the Google Photos team Anil Sabharwal said,
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.
What happens to Picasa Now?
These new changes will be rolled out from May 1, 2016. Your Picasa Web Albums are still usable as as normal.
The Picasa desktop application will be not longer be supported from As March 15, 2016, with no future updates and developments.
Where do My Web Albums Go?
All Web Albums and photos not on Picasa, will be accessible in Google Photos in the same order you previously set on Picasa.
You can go to photos.google.com or access the Google Photos on your PC and download the Google Photos app on your Android or iOS device.
You can also view the Google Photos from Google Drive.
How to Access Picasa Web Albums After it is Shut Down?
Not everybody is a fan of Google Photos. Google will provide you a new place for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data.
From there, you will be able to view download and delete the existing Picasa Albums. You won’t be able to create new ones or upload any photos to the existing Web Albums.
The photos on your Blogger.com blogs which is connected with Picasa, are now moved to Google Photos. You will not require to change any blog posts, or re-upload the images.
And Next to be Killed off is…!?
We’ve seen many Google products untimely death in recent times. Google Reader, Buzz, Orkut comes to mind. Just recently Google Code closed its doors.
Next in line could be FeedBurner, not updates to it in years. Also the Geniuses at Google might think to unite the Google Sites and Blogger.com. Last ones is just my suggestion.