You might not remember it, but iGoogle, a personal feed reader introduced by Google to customize your home screen was launched in 2005 . The purpose was to bring together your favorite articles from the web, emails, weather,calender and schedules directly to your desktop. It’s 2012, and now the availability of much better and productive widgets, apps and browsers like Google Chrome, the need of iGoogle has been reduced by exponentially. The explanation came from Google’s blog, stating “with modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has eroded over time”.
While iGoogle was useful in getting together content from across the web, uniting Google’s functionality and services under a common hood, and presenting it to your on your homescreen once you logged in to your Google account. The service, very much similar to My Yahoo! and other customized home-pages acted as a platform for many games and apps, and an ideal home-page for your web-browser. Though, with the rise of modern productive web browsers like Google Chrome, popularity of iGoogle has declined rapidly in the last 3 years.
Now, if you are wondering what will replace iGoogle on your homescreen, it will most likely be Google’s own social network, Google+ which will take place of good old iGoogle starting from November ‘2013.
This is not the first time Google is shutting down its services, we have seen something similar with Google’s Buzz in the past. Other services which will be discontinued along with iGoogle are Google Mini, Google Talk Chatback, and the Symbian Google Search. Further, the videos uploaded to Google Video will be transferred to YouTube starting from next month, however the upload facility had been stopped after 2009. Now, if you want to migrate, download or delete your videos from Google Video before it gets transferred to YouTube, you can access your videos here.
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