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Goodbye ‘Urchin, Picnik, Google Message Continuity’; Google Open Sources Sky Map App

Google Retires Urchin, Picnik, GMC, Needlebase - Open Sourced Sky Map AppGoogle posted its firt spring clean list of 2012, in a January 20 blog post, Dave Girouard, VP of Product Management posted “here’s an update on some products that will be merged, open-sourced, or phased out in the coming months.” Per Girouard post:

  • Google Message Continuity (GMC) will end. GMc is an email disaster recovery product for enterprise customers that use Google’s cloud to back up emails originally sent or received in an on-premise, Microsoft Exchange system. Citing the reason of the end, he writes, that “since its launch in December 2010, hundreds of businesses signed it, but at the same time millions of businesses that moved to the Google Apps, are benefitting from disaster recovery capabilities built directly into Apps. Going forward we’ve decided to focus our efforts on Google Apps and end support for GMC.” Addin he said “all current GMC customers will be able to use GMC for the duration of their contract and are encouraged to consider using Google Apps as their primary messaging and collaboration platform.”
  • Google Sky Map app created by Googlers at the Pittsburgh office in their 20 percent time and was launched in 2009, was designed to show off the amazing capabilities of the sensors in the first-generation Android phones and offer a window into the sky has till now managed to share with more than 20 million Android users. Sky Map is now donated to the open source community and collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University will see further development of Sky Map as a series of student projects. Sky Map’s development will now be driven by the students, with Google engineers remaining closely involved as advisors.
  • Needlebase data management platform, which Google acquired from ITA Software, on June 1, 2012 will now be retired, as the technology is being evaluated for integration into Google’s other data-related initiatives.
  • Picnik online photo editor was acquired by Google in 2010 will be retiring on April 19, 2012. Until then, features from the paid version of Picnik can be used for free, and, “Premium members will receive a full refund in the coming weeks.” The Picnik team at Google will continue creating photo-editing magic across Google products including Google+.

    Also, you can download a zip file of your creations through Picnik Takeout or copy them to Google+.

    Google CIO Picnik

  • Social Graph API that makes information about the public connections between people on the web available for developers will be fully retired on April 20, 2012. As, “it is not experiencing the kind of adoption we’d like, and is being deprecated as of today,” Girouard posted.
  • Finally, Urchin, a client-based online web analytics software that Google acquired in 2005, and that later became the foundation for Google Analytics will no longer be available after March 2012. “The Urchin Software product has now been completely overshadowed Google Analytics “tremendously popular offspring” helping businesses of all sizes measure their websites and online marketing,” statedGirouard.