Google Labs Is Shutting Down
As part of an overall effort to prioritize its focus on products, Google is shuttering its Google Labs site for experimental projects.Google is shutting down its Google Labs site, which hosts experimental projects the search giant has in the hopper. In a July 20 blog post, Bill Coughran, senior vice president for research and systems infrastructure at Google, announced the phasing out of Google Labs, saying, "While we've learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we're to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead."
In his post entitled "More wood behind fewer arrows," Coughran cited Google CEO Larry Page's recent comments using those same words. Page also said, "Focus and prioritization are crucial given our amazing opportunities."
Google Labs is a playground where our more adventurous users can play around with prototypes of some of our wild and crazy ideas and offer feedback directly to the engineers who developed them. Please note that Labs is the first phase in a lengthy product-development process, and none of this stuff is guaranteed to make it onto Google.com. While some of our crazy ideas might grow into the next Gmail or Google, others might turn out to be, well, just plain crazy.The FAQ posting also said: