A blog post from Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal said the company is retiring Picasa to focus on developing 'one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.' Google Photos was launched in mid-2015.
It allows anyone with a Google account to automatically sync photos between their mobile device, laptop and a storage cloud with. Google said the desktop photo editor will still be available for download, but it will no longer offer updates to keep the program compatible with new operating systems. Everything users have stored in Picasa Web Albums will be available on Google Photos, the company said.