Over the past year, Google made changes to around 50 products, features and services--today, the company has announced a few more changes:
- Google Apps for Teams was introduced in 2008 to allow people with a verified business or school email address to collaborate using non-email applications from Google like Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Talk. Now, beginning September 4, 2012, Google will start converting existing Google Apps for Teams accounts into personal Google Accounts, and shutting down Google Apps for Teams.
- Google Listen lauched through Google Labs in August 2009, is now discotinued. Google says with the introduction of "Google Play," people now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps, so there is no need of Listen.
People who have already installed the app can still use it, but after November 1, podcast search won't function. You can access your podcast subscriptions in Google Reader in the "Listen Subscriptions" folder and download them from the Import/Export tab.
- Google Video for Business, a video hosting and sharing solution for Apps for Business and Apps for Education customers -- starting this fall "will be migrated over to Google Drive." "All migrated videos will be stored for free and will not count against a user's Google Drive storage quota -- as the Drive has similar storage and sharing capabilities," Google said.
- Finally, Google says, that it is also going to close down over 150+ official blogs and other communications channels that are either updated infrequently, or are redundant with other blogs.
Also, as announced last month, the mobile iGoogle site no longer works, "As Google announced in early July, iGoogle's mobile version has been retired," mentions a Google.
Google suggests that users should instead try mobile apps and add widgets to the home screen on their Android device. The "Google Now" feature from Android Jelly Bean could replace the mobile iGoogle once Google adds more cards.
Unfortunately, you can't even use the desktop iGoogle site on a mobile device without changing the user agent. You can do that in the mobile Chrome for Android and iOS or in the stock Android 4.0+ browser by visiting www.google.com/ig and selecting "request desktop site" from the menu.
In other Google news, Google says that begining next week, they will be adding three new Google Fiber communities in Kansas.
"We're happy to announce that we've reached a tentative agreement to bring Fiber to the cities of Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods, Kan. Pending approval from each of the three City Councils, we plan to include these communities in a future rally for Google Fiber (timing to be announced, so stay tuned)," posted Kevin Lo, General Manager, Google Access.
Adding, "To be clear, this does not change the construction schedule for eligible homes in Kansas City, Kan. and Central Kansas City, Mo. And homes in North and South Kansas City, Mo. will still be able to pre-register for Fiber in our second rally," he said.