21 July, 2011

Shut down the lab - Google

Google said it will "wind down" Google Labs, ending many of the projects offered on the site, in a move to "prioritize its product efforts," the company said on its corporate blog. Google Labs functions as a central hub for the various projects created by Google employees, who are allowed to spend up to 20 percent of their time working on side-projects. Google Labs products were available as prototypes that users could try out and provide feedback on, while Google made ongoing changes and adjustments. 

The closure of Google Labs comes a few months after Google co-founder Page took the CEO reins in April. I think that this a step that pulls Google back rather than pushing them ahead, if the company does not promote creativity who else will? FB leverage on the move ASAP, Google please introspect your move once again.