Monday, July 9, 2012


For all of you who have created and love your iGoogle page, there is sad news.  Google has decided that iGoogle will be retired in 16 months, on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.

How did Google come to this decision?
They originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today's web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertip
s. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over time, so they will be winding down iGoogle on November 1, 2013, giving you a full 16 months to adjust or easily export your iGoogle data.

What will happen to the data stored in my gadgets?
All of your personal data stored in other Google products will continue to be available via those products, including GmailGoogle CalendarGoogle FinanceGoogle Docs (now Google Drive), Google Bookmarks, and Google Tasks. Other gadgets, like the to-do list, allow you to export your data - look for the “Download all” option under the drop-down menu tied to the title of your list. Most iGoogle gadgets are created and maintained by
third-party developers. If you’d like to export your data, you should contact the gadget creator directly.

I really like iGoogle -- are there any other alternatives?
On your mobile device, Google Play offers applications ranging from games to news readers to home screen widgets.  If you’re a fan of Google Chrome, the Chrome Web Store provides a similar range of options like productivity tooIs and applications to check the weather. In addition, just like iGoogle, you can personalize Chrome with a theme.  

I have found a site called Netvibes that is set up much like the iGoogle page. Give it a look, you might find that it acts much like your iGoogle page.  Remember, you have 16 months to still enjoy your iGoogle page.

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