iGoogle: Google’s Personalized Homepage to be Retired in November 2013

By on Jul 4, 2012 in Desktop, Internet, Smartphone, Software, Technology Comments

iGoogle, the customizable start page service of Google will be retired on November 1, 2013. The mobile iGoogle version will be axed earlier on July 31, 2012. The announcement was made via a Google Official Blog article posted on July 4, 2012.



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“On November 1, 2013, iGoogle will be retired”, said Matt Eichner, General Manager, Global Enterprise Search at Google. “We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today’s web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding it down. Users will have 16 months to adjust or export their data” Eichner added.

Google advised iGoogle users that all of their 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.

Google also suggested alternative products to iGoogle, like Google Chrome and the Chrome Web Store for the desktops, and Google Play for the mobile devices.

In the same Google Official Blog article, Google announced they are also discontinuing other projects like Google Mini, Google Talk Chatback, Google Video and Symbian Search App.



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