Google has recently decided to shut down several of their products. This decision has not gone down too well with their users.
Just last week Google announced that they would be shutting down several of their products such as iGoogle, Google Mini, Google Talk Chatback and several others in due course of time.
The reason given for this decision is that these products are no longer very popular and have been overshadowed by other products that are more state of the art, and which provide better service to users.
However the decision to do away with the old products has not been received too happily by all users. There has been a lot of criticism from users who are regular users of those products.
Some of them have gone so far as to say that the older products are being discontinued in order to give a push to the new services being provided by Google.
Some comments from disgruntled users were as follows:
- “I’ve tolerated a lot of google changes. And not all have been bad. Overall, I think I’ve been pretty accepting of change, but this goes way too far.”
- “really bad move google. i will never have a smart phone, so your blithe expectation of me to use apps to replace igoogle is misplaced at best.”
- “Incredibly bad move. Have used iGoogle for years. Will now try to find an alternative to all google products as soon as I can….”
- “In order to defend their decision Google says, “All of your personal data stored in other Google products will continue to be available via those products, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Finance, Google Docs (now Google Drive), Google Bookmarks, and Google Tasks,” says Google. “Other gadgets, like the to-do list, allow you to export your data – look for the ‘Download all’ option under the drop-down menu tied to the title of your list. Most iGoogle gadgets are created and maintained by third-party developers. If you’d like to export your data, you should contact the gadget creator directly.””