The latest products in Google's spring cleaning going to get axed include:
- iGoogle will be retiring on November 1, 2013. Originally launched in 2005, iGoogle is giving way to apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android. Users will have 16 months to adjust or export their data.
- Beginning July 31, Google Mini will discontinued because "its functionality can be better provided by products like Google Search Appliance, Google Site Search and Google Commerce Search," informs Google. Google will provide technical support to Mini customers for the duration of their contracts.
- Google Talk Chatback that allowed websites to embed a Google Talk widget so that they could engage with their visitors will now be turned off to favour the use of Meebo bar.
- Uploads on Google Video was stopped in May 2009. Now, later this summer, "all remaining hosted video on Google Video will be moved to YouTube," Google informed.
"If you would prefer to migrate, delete or download your content yourself, you can do so by visiting the Google Video status page prior to August 20, 2012," Google said. After the videos have been moved, you can access videos by visiting the YouTube Video Manager. By default they'll all be set to private, and you can publish them publicly to your channel at any time.
- Symbian Search App will be retiring soon to focus on mobile web search experience. "Switching from the app to the web experience will enable users to make the most of the web-wide improvements we make for search all the time," Google posted.
In Google Apps news,
Google Apps domain admins now have access to a new tool called "Gmail log search," that increases visibility into their email traffic.
This Gmail log search feature was built using Google BigQuery, a Google Cloud Platform product that allows developers to store and query large amounts of data -- is available in the Apps control panel, and allows domain admins to search through the Gmail delivery logs to investigate email delivery and traffic questions.
Gmail log search will help domain admins have the same type of visibility into the operations of Google Apps that they are used to from the legacy, on-premise email systems. The information that is available in the log search feature includes:
- Basic message information like Sender, Recipient, Subject, Date and Message-ID
- Attachment size
- Total transit time
- Delivery status
Gmail log search will be available starting today to Google Apps for Business, Education and Government customers, and will roll out to all domains over the next few weeks.
Learn more about the feature in the Google Apps Help Center.
Google Apps Directory Sync 3.1.3 now available to Google Apps for Business, Government and Education include the following new features:
- Email address rename detection
- Dynamic Group support 64-bit support
Gmail: In addition to the default HD themes already included in Gmail, users now have the ability to create their own custom themes. They can upload their own images directly, select from their Google+ photos or simply paste any image URL.
The following features are intended for release to these domains on July 10th:
Groups: The new Groups interface will become the default for all users attempting to access Google Groups for Business. Users will have the option to opt out of this change for a limited period of time.
Also, now the domain admins now have the ability to control external sharing of secondary calendars through the administrator control panel. This change adds a separate setting for secondary calendars.
Google Apps Script projects are now included in the docs list in Google Drive.
- Your projects are now stored in Google Drive and can be shared just like any other file.
- You can publish your apps to the Chrome Web Store.
For assistance with apps script please visit https://developers.google.com/apps-script/support.
Google has also rolled out changes to the activity graphs in the control panel.
- Gmail, Calendar and Docs: Instead of just showing login activity counts, we will show the counts of an expanded set of interactions with these products.
- Sites and iGoogle - We are removing these graphs because of relatively low usage of the graphs.