So many have wondered why Google still kept Picasa, its photos software for PC for so long. It did not make sense because so many people had already switched over to Google photos, a smartphone version of Picasa. For many, the news that Google is finally killing Picasa is something they consider long overdue.
Picasa was created about 14 years ago for PC users to manage their photos. At that time Google was just another upstart tech search engine struggling to make it big. But Google still went ahead to buy Picasa in 2004, that is, two years after Picasa was formed. Since then it has remained a free desktop software with Google providing support for it even after Google photos was launched last year.
Announcing the news in a blog post, Anil Sabharwal, the head of Google Photos said,
‘‘Since the launch of Google Photos, we’ve had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa. 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. 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.”
Though the news was announced three days ago, killing Picasa is not going to happen immediately. Recognizing that there may still be fans of the software out there who might be distressed at the news, Google said users of picassa can still use it on their computers for now.
The final date for the termination of the software is the first of May, This apparently is to give the few remaining lovers of Picasa time to move their photos from Picasa to Google photos if they so wish. And also to give them time to adjust to the lost of a beloved software. To transit from Picasa to Google photos is very easy. All a Picasa user has to do is sign into Google photos with their Google account details and their Picasa uploads would be there waiting for them. And with a few clicks, one can upload their collection from Picasa to Google photos. The blog post further explained it like this:
”If you have photos or videos in a Picasa Web Album today, the easiest way to still access, modify and share most of that content is to log in to Google Photos, and all your photos and videos will already be there. Using Google Photos, you can continue to upload and organize your memories, as well as enjoy other great benefits like better ways to search and share your images.”
Killing picassa is the right call from Google. Why Picassa lasted this long after Google Photos was introduced is a puzzle. Google photos is far more sophisticated then picassa. With its unlimited storage for photos and videos, why would anyone still pine for Picasa. Also the upgrade to Google photos that added a face recognition software making it easier to search for photos in the photo library made Picasa so completely obsolete.
So once again, an acquired software has being killed by a giant tech company. But at least this time around, a far better alternative had already made the software yesterday’s news.
Anyhow, it was fun while it lasted for Picasa.