Google Spaces, the tech giant’s website and app for small group sharing, will cease to exist on April 7th, 2017 — 11 months after it officially launched in May of last year. A couple days after Spaces first launched, Google announced Duo and Allo. Given that Google+ used communities and collections, and Google Hangouts had been in existence for a few years already, the general consensus started to emerge that Google was coming out with too many messaging and collaboration tools.
The news was posted in a support article linked from the main Spaces web page:
First, thank you to everyone who used Spaces. It was a tough decision, and it’s tough to say goodbye.
A few important details:
Spaces will be read-only on March 3rd: This means you can’t create new spaces, posts or comments. Also, new invitations can’t be sent, and new members can’t be added to spaces.
Between now and April 17th, you can:
See, save, print, and delete your content.
Delete any spaces you created, leave any spaces you joined, and remove people from your spaces.
Report abuse in Spaces, and block other Spaces users.
After April 17th, 2017: Spaces and their content will be deleted.
Our goal with Spaces was to create a better small-group sharing experience, and we’ll use what we’ve learned to improve other Google products and services. Thanks again for your support.
The Spaces team
It seems that Spaces didn’t catch on as well as Google had hoped, and hopefully — for the sake of end users — Google will start focusing on bringing improvements to their existing messaging and collaboration apps instead of launching more new ones.
Do you currently use Google Spaces? Are you going to miss it once it’s shut down? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Google