Search giant Google has confirmed that some out-of-season spring cleaning is resulting in it killing off a number of developmental projects, including one that was supposed to convince IT chiefs to embrace its cloud-based services.
In a blog post, Urs Hölzle, senior vice president, operations at Google confirmed that it was mothballing seven of its products which hadn’t quite lived up to expectations.
These included Wikipedia ‘rival’ Knol, its baffling communications platform Wave, and Google Gears – a tool for accessing Google’s hosted email, calendar and documents offline.
The decision to can these projects would allow Google to focus its efforts elsewhere, said Hölzle. “Our aim is to build a simpler, more intuitive, truly beautiful Google user experience,” he wrote.
The demise of Gears comes as little surprise. In March, Google pulled its Gears browser extension for creating offline web applications and stopped supporting new browsers.
From 1 December, Gears-based Gmail and Calendar offline will stop working across all browsers. “This is part of our effort to help incorporate offline capabilities into HTML5,” said Hölzle.