Google Retires Apps for Teams and More
Several changes are looming for professionals that rely on using Google products on a daily basis.
The search giant announced that it will be shutting down Apps for Teams, Google Listen, and Google Video for Business over the next couple of months.
Originally introduced in 2008, Google Apps for Teams allow individuals with verified business emails to collaborate across Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Talk. On September 4th, existing Google Apps for Teams accounts will be converted into personal Google Accounts — this won’t affect other editions of Google Apps.
Since the arrival of Google Play, Google Listen, which gives people a way to discover and listen to podcasts, will be discontinued. If you already have the app installed you can continue to use it; however, after November 1st, podcast search won’t function.
Google Video for Business, a video hosting and sharing solution, enabled customers to communicate internally. This fall, the company will migrate all videos hosted on Google Video for Business to Google Drive — which has similar storage and sharing capabilities. Additionally, all migrated videos will be stored for free, and won’t count against your storage quota.
And finally, Google will shut down an unspecified amount of its 150+ blogs. The company was careful to note that this doesn’t mean it will share less information. Instead, terminating some will allow for increased communication across its more popular channels.
Although this won’t impact Google’s entire user base, it could put a wrench in daily tasks for those that routinely use these products. With a little less than a month to go before the first shut down, there’s still plenty of time to prepare for the switch.