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Google Killing Off Picasa to Focus on Google Photos

Google has been making big moves into the world of digital photos recently through its Google Photos product, which offers free and unlimited storage and sharing. As the popularity of the service grows -- over 100 million people use it now -- the relevance of another fades: Google announced today that it's shutting down Picasa to focus solely on Google Photos.

Picasa Web Albums Now Being Directed to Google+ Albums

In July 2011, we shared a report that Google was planning to rebrand Picasa as Google Photos later that year. Well, that didn't happen, but it still looks like the Picasa brand name is on track to be sunsetted.

Google has begun redirecting the Picasa Web Albums URL to personal Google+ Photo Album pages.

Google Takeout Liberates Your Photos from Picasa If You Ever Need To

One of the gripes some people have with Flickr is that it doesn't offer an easy way to download your complete collection of photos if you ever want to move your images elsewhere (though, hopefully you're not using it as your only backup). Furthermore, if your Pro account ever expires, you can't even access more than 200 of your old images without resubscribing. Google's Picasa users won't ever have this problem with the launch of a new service called Google Takeout, which allows you to download all your photos (and any other data you have stored with Google) as a single ZIP file.