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Google to Shut Down iGoogle in 2013

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Google's shutting down iGoogle but the search giant is giving you plenty of time to find an alternative.

iGoogle, Google's web portal for its users' homepages, is shutting down and Google wants its users to have ample time to prepare for it. Well over a year's worth of time, in fact, as iGoogle's scheduled shut down date is November 1, 2013. Mobile iGoogle is getting killed off a tad quicker and will be closing down at the end of this month, on July 31, 2012.

Google's decision to close iGoogle stems from its belief that a web portal that aggregates different apps together would no longer be needed due to Chrome and Android's apps:

"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 tools and applications to check the weather. In addition, just like iGoogle, you can personalize Chrome with a theme."

There you have it, iGoogle users, you've got a full 16 months to mourn and move on. 

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    Anonymous , July 6, 2012 11:04 AM
    For an alternative to iGoogle, try Protopage.com
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    thezooloomaster , July 6, 2012 11:19 AM
    iGoogle is still an awesome and easy to use tool for setting up a great home page. I have my email, news and other websites at a glance, the moment I open firefox.


    abealineFor an alternative to iGoogle, try Protopage.com


    Thanks for the info; I might see how that works.
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    shqtth , July 6, 2012 12:12 PM
    Portal page? Like Opera? it gives me news feeds + email + facebook in one ;) 
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    Marco925 , July 6, 2012 2:11 PM
    Did people even use iGoogle? I kept turning it off
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    eddieroolz , July 6, 2012 2:27 PM
    ...the heck is iGoogle?
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    pedro_mann , July 6, 2012 3:18 PM
    I never really liked it to start with. The only time I had to mess with it is to support a customer that used it, but had no idea how to configure it.
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    del35 , July 6, 2012 3:24 PM
    The name iGoogle was enough to make it sound like some iTard thing. Thus not worth the trouble. No surprise here.
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    v1ze , July 6, 2012 4:29 PM
    My post disappeared! Obvious hax.
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    v1ze , July 6, 2012 4:31 PM
    Oh no, that's right. If you try to submit a post, then log in when prompted, your post won't show up here. You have to log in first! Silly me!
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    Kami3k , July 6, 2012 8:16 PM
    iGoogle? I'm shocked Apple hasn't sued Google already!
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    Anonymous , July 6, 2012 11:08 PM
    Sign the petition to save iGoogle! http://www.change.org/petitions/google-don-t-kill-igoogle
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    Marco925 , July 8, 2012 1:44 AM
    scottbarbourSign the petition to save iGoogle! http://www.change.org/petitions/go [...] ll-igoogle

    No! iGoogle should die, i just want to find stuff, not have a pizza of info thrown in my face.
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    Anonymous , July 17, 2012 8:03 AM
    Maybe you should try http://www.aboogy.com
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2012 9:02 PM
    As long as it does not increase their carbon footprint?
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    Tom Pp , July 9, 2013 1:53 AM
    Well, a replacement would be nice indeed, but it can’t really match the original iGoogle and doesn’t really add value to your startpage... I feel it’s somehow a downgrade from the original iGoogle.
    You you will enjoy the change, I felt a real Upgrade after I start using http://startific.com
    It has a beautiful interface, you will love it!
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    George Two , September 6, 2013 12:33 AM
    Startific looks pretty good, thanks for the suggestion :-)
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