Google is ending support for its Picasa photo editing software

Google Picasa support ending

Google is ditching Picasa, its photo editor and sharing service.

The company announced that support for the desktop software will end on March 15, 2016. In May the company will archive users’ Picasa Web Albums.

A blog post from Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal said the company is retiring Picasa to focus on developing “one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.”

The search giant launched Google Photos with unlimited disk space in mid-2015, a cloud-storage program that allows users to sync their photos across mobile devices, laptops, and desktops.

Google says the photo editing program will still be available for download but updates to keep it compatible with new operating systems will not be offered.

Everything users have stored in Picasa Web Albums will be available on Google Photos, the company said.

“[Y]ou will still be able to view, download, or delete your Picasa Web Albums, you just won’t be able to create, organize or edit albums (you would now do this in Google Photos),” the post said.

Picasa was one of the first widely used photo editing programs on the market, and it was one of the first to offer easy uploads and online storage.

The program was born out of Bill Gross’s Idealab in 2002, and acquired by Google in 2004.

Google Photos now offers much of the same editing options and has added every improving facial recognition technology.

“Picasa editing tools are user friendly. Adjusting contrast, cropping etc. The Google Plus tools are cumbersome, not as intuitive and lack the variety,” one Google user wrote.

Another user asked that Google make Picasa open source so the legacy program could continue to be developed.