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Google closing down side projects to concentrate on the ‘bigger picture’

Google, it seems, is looking to streamline a bit and closing down some projects that we have become synonymous with the company in themselves and will certainly be missed by me.

Sniff, sniff. Goodbye Google Labs, I have used you often. Many experimental lab plugins have found there way into so many people’s Gmail or Maps and Calendar pages and have become so often added that they have made it into the full product. Sometimes useful and sometimes obscure and soon, to be no more. Google has promised to keep users in the loop of what and when it will disappear.

Google’s Firefox toolbar is also no longer going to be supported. Citing exponential growth in the browser space, and that a lot of the functionality is now duplicated in the Google bar the Google toolbar for Firefox is no longer necessary. Support will continue for older versions of the browser, but users of Firefox 5 will not get it. I’m going to miss this but I guess that anything that reclaims browser space has to be positive, right?

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