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Google Is Killing Picasa Because Google Photos Is Way Better

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Picasa, Google’s photo storage service that you’ve probably forgotten exists, will officially die starting May 1. Which is fine by us, considering how great Google Photos is.

“After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos,” Google said on Picasa’s official Blogspot today. (Note: the last time Google updated the Picasa blog was in 2011.)


But honestly, the fancier Google Photos is far superior anyway with its unlimited photo and video storage and image recognition tech that makes searching your photo library a cinch. If you’re someone who’s pumped Picasa full of pics and videos, you can access that content in Google Photos. If you if you don’t want to use Photos and want to view specific content like tags, captions, and comments from Picasa, Google’s working out a way for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data.

The Picasa site and desktop app will have their plugs pulled over several months starting in May. Peace out Picasa.



Photo: Mario Aguilar