Picasa is dead.
... well it's dying... The good news is that Google are replacing it with a new tool, that's better, called Google Photos. The new tool as several advantages over Picasa, with the exception of the fact that for some reason Google have removed the ability to embed albums, which, let's face it, very few people need to do, the switch to Google Photos is a big win.
Let me count the ways:
- Unlimited storage (for GApps domains)
- Let me say that again, UNLIMITED storage - wow.
- Vastly improved user interface
- Support across all devices, mobile, laptop, desktop...
- iPad friendly albums, Picasa albums could not be viewed, those days are gone.
- Searchable photos, even without your naming them, Google can recognise the content in your photos, eg if you search for 'dog'.
- Media backup, using the desktop uploader you can now upload all (or as much as you want) of your media to Google Photos, and remove it from your hard drive to save space.
Google reassure us that,
"If you have photos or videos in a Picasa Web Album today, the easiest way to still access, modify and share most of that content is to log in to Google Photos, and all your photos and videos will already be there. Using Google Photos, you can continue to upload and organize your memories, as well as enjoy other great benefits like better ways to search and share your images.
However, for those of you who don’t want to use Google Photos or who still want to be able to view specific content, such as tags, captions or comments, we will be creating a new place for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data. That way, you will still be able to view, download, or delete your Picasa Web Albums, you just won’t be able to create, organize or edit albums (you would now do this in Google Photos)."
Google Photo Albums
What about Google+ Photos?This replaces that as well, which is also better in many ways as it's specifically devoted to photo and video sharing, with no intrinsic ties to the Google+ social network.
In fact if you try to access Google+ photos you will automatically be redirected to the new Google Photos, don't panic, all of the media you uploaded to Google+ will be available within Google Photos. If you want you can still use Google+, you can even still use the relatively geriatric Picasa but not for much longer, although it is not very mobile device friendly, and does not allow parents to download videos... So I wouldn't if I were you.