In seeking to reduce and consolidate the services it offers, Google is again cutting some of its online applications and services used by its customers. The cutbacks are part of a service streamlining and "spring cleaning" the company began last year.
The Google Mini enterprise search appliance,
the iGoogle personalized home page and several other Web-based services will be
phased out by the company in the coming months as part of a Google
services overhaul that began last September
is continuing to trim some products
that are "not having the impact we
strive for, Matt Eichner, general manager of Global Enterprise Search at
Google, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.
On July 31, Google will end production of the
Google Mini enterprise search appliance and replace it with similar existing
services provided by the Google Search Appliance, Google Site Search and Google
Commerce Search, Eichner wrote. The company will "continue to provide
technical support to Mini customers for the duration of their contracts and
will reach out to them shortly with more details."
The Google Mini appliances were released to
help companies to
create a beneficial new search feature for internal use
or to help a
Web-based company offer a zippier or more cutting-edge query corner for its
audience, according to an earlier eWEEK.com
report. The Minis could
index 200,000 and 300,000 documents, costing $6,000 and $9,000, respectively.
The original Mini, introduced in 2005, cost $3,000 and could handle up to
Also being shelved is iGoogle, the Google
home page service that could be personalized by users to give them a unique
experience. It will
Nov. 1, because it failed to build sufficient momentum with Web
users. "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," Eichner wrote. "With
modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle
has eroded over time, so well be winding it down." Google will give
existing users 16 months to adjust or export their data so they can keep it
when the service shuts down.
Another service, Google
, is also being cut because it is "outdated,"
Eichner wrote in his post. The service, which "allowed Websites to embed a
Google Talk widget so that they could engage with their visitors," is now
being replaced with similar services from the Meebo bar
, which was recently
acquired by Google
. Meebo allows users to create a customized stream of
online content and information that matches their interests. Google will now
try to encourage Websites to replace their Google Talk Chatback widgets with