Here are dates and more information

Picasa has long been the choice of many who want a simple image processing and management tools. There has been free and relatively easy to use, but dark clouds have been above this service long now.

Now lights go out
As of 1 May this year, Google will extinguish the lights on Picasa for good. This has after all been on the cards since Google Photos launched. By separating out services Photos and Hangouts, they have given a clear signal about what they are going to bet on and no.

– We believe that we can create a much better experience by focusing on a service that provides more functionality and works on all platforms, rather than divide our efforts between two products, they write on Picasa blog.

smooth transition
Moreover, writes Anil Sabharwal, head of Google Photos that they are aware of the work of many users have made in image archives over the years built up.

– We’re going to take the time needed to do this right, and give you options and easy access to your content, writes Sabharwal.

Picasa Web Albums
If you have images in a Picasa Web Album today so the easiest way to access most of the content to log into Google Photos. According to post all your photos and videos will be available there. There will also be through Google Photos you in the future want to upload, edit and share your photos and videos.

If for some reason you do not want to use Google Photos, or if you wish to offer their view specific content in your for archives as keywords, captions or comments that would create a way to get access to this.

– One thing that is important to emphasize, none of this happens today. If you have Picasa Web Albums so you can continue and use this as normal until 01.05.2016, clarifies Sabharwal.

The desktop
The support and development of desktop application stops already in March, specifically the 15. From this date will no longer Google develop or launch updates and bug fixes for this program.

The application will continue and operate as it does today, but no new funsjoner or bug fixes are released. Instead, you can use a tool to upload images from your computer to Google Phtotos, which you can find here.

There are also some changes for developers who have used Picasa their APIs. More info on this can be found here.

– Again, none of these changes are happening today. We will continue to inform you on the way. We apologize for the inconvenience this transition creates. But we will make sure that we do this with a goal in mind, to give you the best video experience possible. Google Photos is a new and smarter product, which offers a better platform for us to build incredible experiences and capabilities in the future, says Anil Sabharwal.