Google shuts shop on Apps for Teams

Google has continued its cull of services, cutting business tools that it says are no longer relevant.

Google shuts shop on Apps for Teams

According to the company, the services will be phased out next month, with users moved onto other products or merged into other packages.

“We introduced Google Apps for Teams in 2008 to allow people with a verified business or school email address to collaborate using non-email applications from Google, like Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Talk,” said Max Ibel, Google’s director of engineering, in a blog post.

“Over time, we realised that Google Apps for Teams was not as useful for people as we originally anticipated. Beginning 4 September 2012, we’ll start converting existing Google Apps for Teams accounts into personal Google Accounts, and shutting down Google Apps for Teams.”

Google Apps users on other editions of the service would not be affected, the company said.

We’ll migrate all videos hosted on Google Video for Business over to Google Drive, which has similar storage and sharing capabilities

In another closure that targets business tools, the search giant is also closing Google Video for Business, a video hosting and sharing service that allowed Google Apps for Business and Google Apps for Education customers to use video for internal communication.

“Starting this fall, we’ll migrate all videos hosted on Google Video for Business over to Google Drive, which has similar storage and sharing capabilities,” the company said. “All migrated videos will be stored for free and will not count against a user’s Google Drive storage quota.”

Google Listen – a tool for managing podcasts – will also be phased out, with the company claiming there were plenty of apps within Google Play that performed similar search functions.

“With Google Play, people now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps, so we’ve discontinued Listen. People who have already installed the app can still use it, but after 1 November, podcast search won’t function,” Google said.

“You can access your podcast subscriptions in Google Reader in the ‘Listen Subscriptions’ folder and download them from the Import/Export tab.”

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