Large companies like Google and Microsoft have wide-ranging business interests, and consequently run the risk of spreading themselves too thin. While the cornucopia of resources at their disposal is a great insurance policy against this risk, it’s always wise to have more “wood behind fewer arrows,” as Google CEO Larry Page put it during the company’s last quarterly earning call. The company has decided to sacrifice Google Labs on the altar of better product prioritization.
“Last week we explained that we’re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we’ve decided to wind down Google Labs,” the company said in a blog post. “While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead.”
“In many cases, this will mean ending Labs experiments—in others we’ll incorporate Labs products and technologies into different product areas. And many of the Labs products that are Android apps today will continue to be available on Android Market.”
However, the company has clarified that this move will have no bearing on its in-product experimentation efforts like Gmail Labs or Maps Labs.