Google Killing Picasa

Following Google's acquisition of Picasa fourteen years ago, the company has officially announced that the photos organizing, editing, and sharing service will soon be shutting down, as it will be focusing entirely on Google Photos, the company's all-new one stop shop photo service.

Picasa Web Album will be shutting down, the company has announced that all your photos and videos available on Picasa can be found on Google Photos, as users will be offered some options and easy ways to access their content, including:
  • Access, modify and share Picasa Web Album content by log in to Google Photos
  • Continue to upload and organize your memories, and take advantage of better ways to search and share your images through Google Photos
  • A new place will be crated to access your Picasa Web Albums data and view specific content, such as tags, captions or comments
  • Users will still be able to view, download, or delete their Picasa Web Albums
Last but not least, the Picasa Desktop application will no longer be supported starting March 15, while users who will be making the switch to Google Photos are recommended to continue to upload their photos and videos using the desktop uploader at

According to Google "We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products".

The new Picasa changes will begin rolling out starting May 1st. Until then, users can still continue using Picasa Web Album as normal.