Flickr! in a January 13 blog post announced that user will see significant updates to Flickr's user experience, new features and offerings across devices in the "coming weeks and months."
"Our goal is to build a gorgeous, intuitive, and truly beautiful experience for you, your friends and your photos. To do this, we will be discontinuing certain features that are not core to our product or that haven't resonated with you. Since the upcoming new experiences will either require, or work significantly better, with modern browsers, we will also discontinue supporting some of the older browsers that only a very small percentage of people are using with Flickr," the company stated.
Here is what the Flickr's "New Year's cleaning" involves:
- "Picnik - Flickr will be moving away from Picnik, as the company is itself "working on making the editing experience even better on the site."
- Photo Session feature that offered a real-time way to share photos with other people in a browser, with no additional apps to install. "The feature will be turned-off by March 20, as it has not seen the user adoption we were hoping for," Flickr said. But, it'll continue to use the technology in other parts of Flickr. "For example: Go to Flickr.com on your iPad or iPhone, open the full-screen lightbox view and experience the performance and pinch-to-zoom in the browser - it's just one place where we are using the technology that was developed for Photo Session," informs flickr.
- Flickr Clock was removed from the Navigation late last year- "so we're going to say goodbye," the said
- Flickr for Windows 7 Slate PC's will be discontinued - "We see great traction with the Windows Phone app and are going to continue to release frequent updates, but the Touch-PC version of the Silverlight App will not be supported after March 20," flickr informed.
- FlickrAuth - Company is calling developers to move over to the new "Flickr API," which fully supports oAuth by July 31.
- Flickr will drop support to the Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 3.6 browsers," blogged flickr.
P.S.: Flickr is looking for hiring engineers!