Google is fairly courageous in that it will 1) try anything, and 2) kill what does not work. Hence the demise of some of its well-meant collaboration features. Maybe your marketing team used "Apps For Teams" or collaborated over "Google Listen," or met clients through "Google Video For Business." But probably not, which is why the company is canning a few of its enterprise products.
Google introduced Apps for Teams in 2008 to enable people with a verified business email address to collaborate using non-email applications like Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Talk; but after low adoption, and beginning September 4, Google will convert Apps for Teams accounts into personal Google Accounts and shut down Google Apps for Teams.
- Google Listen (launched August 2009) was a way to discover and listen to podcasts, but with Google Play, people now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps. After November 1, podcast search won’t function. You can access your podcast subscriptions in Google Reader in the “Listen Subscriptions” folder and download them from the Import/Export tab.
- Google Video for Business (a video hosting and sharing solution) accounts will migrate over to Google Drive, which has similar storage and sharing capabilities. All migrated videos will be stored for free and will not count against a user’s Google Drive storage quota.
- Finally, Google will sunset a number of the 150+ Google-created blogs that are either updated infrequently, or are redundant with other blogs.