Google announced today that Currents, the Google Workspace-only successor to Google+, will “wind down” in early 2023. Currents content and communites will be migrated to Spaces, part of Google Chat. Spaces will be getting new community-like features and collaboration tools before that happens.
The announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Currents has been little mentioned by Google since its launch in 2019 in the wake of the shutdown of Google+ for consumers.
This will help consolidate Google’s communication platforms.
As noted in today’s announcement:
Upgrading Google Currents to Spaces removes a separate, siloed destination for users, and provides organizations with a modern, enterprise-grade experience that reflects how the world is working today.
And Spaces, unlike Currents, is available to users with free personal Google accounts.
So what will be happening?
Over the next few months a number of features will be removed from Currents, including analytics, mobile notifications and following and follower counts. But people can continue to use Currents until the migration to Spaces.
First, a little background, then a bit more details about what will happen over the next year or so.