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Google has been keeping the community updated on their changes and products for quite some time now on a monthly basis via the [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/giving-you-better-google.html"]Official Google Blog[/URL]. Here is this month's update:

[COLOR=#545659]We work every day to create a more seamless, beautiful user experience—to give you a better, easier-to-use Google. This means continuously improving the products we offer, and recognizing when users of one product might have a better experience with another. Over the past year, [/COLOR][URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/renewing-old-resolutions-for-new-year.html"]we’ve[/URL][URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/spring-cleaning-in-spring.html"]made[/URL][URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/spring-cleaning-in-summer.html"]changes[/URL][COLOR=#545659] to around 50 products, features and services—donating, merging and shutting things down so we can focus on the high-impact products that millions of people use, multiple times a day. Today, we’re announcing a few more changes:[/COLOR]
[LIST][*]We introduced [B]Google Apps for Teams[/B] 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. Over time, we realized that Google Apps for Teams was not as useful for people as we originally anticipated. Beginning September 4, 2012, we'll start converting existing Google Apps for Teams accounts into [URL="http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=27439"]personal Google Accounts[/URL], and [URL="http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?answer=2669622"]shutting down Google Apps for Teams[/URL]. This change does not affect other editions of Google Apps.[*]We launched [B]Google Listen[/B] through Google Labs in August 2009, to give people a way to discover and listen to podcasts. However, with [URL="https://play.google.com/store"]Google Play[/URL], people now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps, so we’ve discontinued 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 [URL="http://reader.google.com/"]Google Reader[/URL] in the “Listen Subscriptions” folder and download them from the Import/Export tab.[*][B]Google Video for Business[/B] is a video hosting and sharing solution that allowed Google Apps for Business and Google Apps for Education customers to use video for internal communication. Starting this fall, we’ll migrate all videos hosted on Google Video for Business over to Google Drive, which has similar storage and sharing capabilities. All migrated videos will be stored for free and will not count against a user’s Google Drive storage quota.[*]Finally, Google maintains [URL="http://www.google.com/press/blog-directory.html"]150+ blogs[/URL] and other communications channels about our products and services, and so over time we'll also be closing a number of [B]Google-created blogs[/B] that are either updated infrequently, or are redundant with other blogs. This doesn't mean that we'll be sharing any less information—we'll just be posting our updates on our more popular channels.[/LIST][COLOR=#545659]Technology has the power to change people’s lives. But to make a difference, we need to carefully consider what to focus on, and make hard decisions about what we won’t pursue. This enables us to devote more time and resources giving you products you love, and making them better for you. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=#545659][I]Posted to the Google Blog by Max Ibel, Director of Engineering

[/I]Also see: [/COLOR][URL="http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2196750/Google-Shutting-Down-Business-Video-Team-Apps-Listen-Company-Blogs"]Google Shutting Down Business Video, Team Apps, Listen, Company Blogs[/URL]

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Updated 08-06-2012 at 11:46 PM by IMC News

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