Google has decided that it will be shutting down Picasa in the next few months. This move is to solely focus on the newer Google Photos service instead of having two similar offerings. If you’re a Picasa user, read on to find out how it affects you.
The first change in Picasa is with the Web Albums it is known for. Google has made the transition easier for you: all you have to do is log in to your Google Photos account. Once you have done that, you will find that all of your videos and photos are already waiting for you in Google Photos.
For those who still wish to continue using Picasa for some of its more specific content like tags, captions and comments, Google will be creating a new place for you to view, download or even delete your Picasa Web Albums. The catch? You will not be able to create, organise or edit them. As of today, the Picasa Web Album service is still functioning normally and changes will take place from the 1st of May 2016.
Besides that, Google will also be ending support for the Picasa desktop application. Starting from the 15th of March 2016, there will not be any more updates for the application. For those who already have it downloaded, it will continue to work as it does today.
Google has been working hard on Google Photos and it makes the most sense for the company to focus on one product instead of two. Those interested in migrating to the more updated Google Photos platform, you may do so here.
(Source: Google Picasa Blog)