Google has officially announced the demise of Picasa. The picture album/editing app will be retired in favour of Google Photos. Yesterday, Anil Sabharwal, Head of Google Photos shared ways Picasa users can migrate their data to Google Photos.
Since the launch of Google Photos, we’ve had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa. After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos. We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.
Simply logging on to Google Photos will give you access to your previous content on Picasa Web Albums. View specific content, such as tags, captions or comments will also be made possible.
The desktop app will no longer be supported. As from March 15, 2016 (for those that have it installed) no more updates for you. Developers should also be aware that some of the functions in Picasa API will be disabled. Asides the desktop app, the rest of the changes will be rolled out gradually, starting May 1, 2016.
I use Picasa, and one feature I love about it: The app can display every image ever saved on your computer. I mean every single image. Whether deleted or not. It’s sad seeing it killed off. I’ll keep using the app though.