Google bids Google Reader Goodbye as part of its “Spring Cleaning”

According to their Official Blog, the guys from Google has announced their forthcoming spring cleaning of their web programs.

“We’re living in a new kind of computing environment. Everyone has a device, sometimes multiple devices. It’s been a long time since we have had this rate of change—it probably hasn’t happened since the birth of personal computing 40 years ago. To make the most of these opportunities, we need to focus…So today we’re announcing some more closures, bringing the total to 70 features or services closed since our spring cleaning began in 2011″

The programs that are about to be axed include Google Building Maker, Google Cloud Connect, and the Google Voice app for Blackberry.  But the bigger news is that Google Reader, Google’s popular RSS reader, is also shutting down.

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader.

In accordance to the impending closure, Google announced that users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.

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