This showed up in my inbox yesterday and I thought I should share it with my handful of readers.
IMPORTANT: The ability to create new Launchpad widgets will be turned off on February 1st, 2010.
As part of the ongoing process to sunset the Launchpad platform, the ability to create new widgets will be turned off on February 1st, 2010. As a reminder, here are the upcoming dates associated with this process:
* Feb. 1st, 2010: New widget creation will be disabled.
* April 5th, 2010: Launchpad console will be turned off, however existing widget installations will continue to be served.
* January 1st, 2011: Widget serving will be shut off.
We are committed to working with you to make your transition process as smooth as possible, and have created a number of documents to help.
* Transition Overview
* What You Need to Know
* Questions and Answers
* Launchpad Transition Support Forum
* Launchpad & AddThis Platform Comparison
* More Information about the AddThis sharing platform
Going forward, we hope that you’ll use AddThis for your widget sharing. We think you will find AddThis to be an easy, powerful and fast.
If you have any questions, please visit the Support Forum above for assistance. Thank you for your continued partnership and use of Clearspring products.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
I see this as a good thing. Clearspring is consolidating their product line which will allow them to focus more on their core offerings. AddThis is immensely popular (sharing over 30 billion a month) and adds far more flexibility and options to widget developers.
The transition will be smooth. As outlined in the section above, just about anything you can do with Launchpad, you will be able to accomplish with AddThis.
Congratulations to Hooman and his team for creating such a successful product!