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Google to shutdown Picasa

This morning Google announced that it will no longer support the Picasa desktop application as of March 16, 2016.

The company emphasized that it has invested ample time in making sure it makes the transition as painless as possible for end users.

Anil Sabharwal, Head of Google Photos wrote in a blog post “We know for many of you, a great deal of care has gone into managing your photos and videos using Picasa—including the hours you’ve invested and the most precious moments you’ve trusted us with”

“So we will take some time in order to do this right and provide you with options and easy ways to access your content,” he added.

To make the change easy to accept developers gave some permissions to end users like, for those who are using the Picasa desktop application, it will continue to work as it does today – and if you choose to download it before the shutdown date of March 16, that will also be the case. However, the software will no longer receive future updates.

This part of the transition is coming after the end date for Picasa on the desktop, as Google says it won’t start rolling out these changes until May 1, 2016.