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Google Labs: Is Google killing it?

Google Labs - Is Google killing it

Google is to wind down its Google Labs initiative, which showcased some of the company’s experimental technologies, the internet giant announced on Wednesday. Larry Page, Google’s CEO, disclosed the news on Wednesday on their official blog. He says that the closure of Google Labs is a part of an effort to simplify and streamline the product lines of the company. Google Labs is a website that is designed to let users experiment on Google’s new products.

Google Labs served as a playground where adventurous users could  play around with prototypes of some of Google’s wild and crazy ideas and offer feedback directly to the engineers who developed them.  Among Google’s thriving products that pride Google Labs as their womb are Google Maps, Reader, Video, Docs, Trends, and Similar Image search. However, the closure of Google Labs is bound to raise eyebrows in the industry, considering that Google has always touted its policy to encourage innovation among employees and to release new products early and refine them iteratively in the public eye.

Also, over the years Google Labs, described by Google as a “playground” for its most “adventurous users,” served as the incubator for what later became widely used Google products, like Google Reader, Google Groups and Google Maps.

“This is sending a message to investors and consumers that Google has core businesses, and those will be what get served,” Whit Andrews, an analyst with Gartner Inc., said of the closing of Google Labs. “This makes Google address innovation in a different way. It means that it will be less likely that you’ll create something cool and see how it works. This means we need a business goal and a business direction.”

The shutdown of Google Labs sets a new road to the future of innovation at Google. While many people hold the service as crucial for Google’s strength in innovative adventures, the Labs’ demise sends a message to investors and consumers that Google has core businesses to serve, says Whit Andrews, an analyst with Gartner Inc., reported Bloomberg. “This makes Google address innovation in a different way. It means that it will be less likely that you’ll create something cool and see how it works. This means we need a business goal and a business direction,” Andrews said.

Ideally, Google will be able to strike a balance between keeping shortsighted shareholders happy on a quarterly basis, while continuing to invest in developing Google Labs-type products and features under an umbrella other than the Google Labs moniker. Those sorts of experiments arguably amount to good old-fashioned research and development. Further, they’re evidently a way to keep engineers and developers engaged and excited about their jobs, traits any good CEO wants from his or her employees.

In this article, the you learned about the decision Google, headed by its CEO, Larry Page, made to shut down Google Labs. Bill Coughran, the company’s vice president for research and systems infrastructure, states that the plan of Google shutting down Google Labs is related to prioritizing their product effort. Google Labs is a website designed to test Google’s new services and products. It is managed by engineers Mohamed Eldawy, Trevor Johnston, Henry Rowley, Matthew Watson, and Alon Halevy.

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