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Google to Shut Down iGoogle in 2013


le, 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.