Google is shutting down Currents, an app formerly known as Google+ and introduced as part of G Suite back in 2019. The reason behind the closing is the app’s unpopularity among users and security issues. The giant software company will instead promote Spaces, launched in 2021 as part of Google Workspace and designed to share files and ideas, manage projects, and stay connected.
"Since launching Spaces, many customers have told us that they appreciate the tight integration with Google Workspace products, including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Meet, and the seamless collaboration experience," states Google in its blog.
Currents will be fully closed in 2023, however, starting from the first quarter of this year the remaining Currents users will start losing some less-used tools, including post analysis, tags, community insights, mobile notifications and profile influence features. Google assured that it will keep Workspace administrators updated about the upcoming changes and the migration timeline.
The company also confirmed they would add new features to Spaces to help users switch from Currents to Spaces easily. The new capabilities include support for larger communities and leaders, communication, investments in advanced search, content moderation tools and services.