Google will be shutting down Picasa Web Albums on May 1, 2016, and as of March 15, 2016, it will no longer support the Picasa Desktop application. Google appears to be dropping Picasa web albums in favor of Google Photos - if you currently have photos and/or videos in Picasa web albums you can access, edit, and share them by logging in to Google Photos. If you'd prefer not to use Google Photos, you'll need to wait a bit - Google says ".... for those of you who don’t want to use Google Photos or who still want to be able to view specific content, such as tags, captions or comments, we will be creating a new place for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data. That way, you will still be able to view, download, or delete your Picasa Web Albums, you just won’t be able to create, organize or edit albums."
You'll still be able to use Picasa Desktop, but there won't be any further updates and Google won't be providing support for the program after March 15, 2016. If you like it and use it, I'd suggest downloading the latest version and keeping on hand in case you want to re-install it down the road, or check the two categories below for the best free alternative programs.
You can find more Tech Treats articles here.
Please rate this article: