Starting November 16, Google users will not be able to customize the search engine homepage with the Google Background Image of their choice as the internet giant will reportedly do away with the background images.
Google, in a latest notification on its homepage, thanks users who currently prefer to use background images. It states, "As we build a more streamlined Google Search page for everyone, we'll no longer be able to support customization with background images. So you will no longer be able to see your background pictures starting November 16, 2012."
The search engine giant is also in the process of streamlining its various aspects such as the AdSense for Feeds that will be completely closed down from Dec 3. This parameter was drawn back from Oct 3.
The Spreadsheet Gadgets was also trimmed down as various "popular gadgets" are now integrated into charts in spreadsheets. Google said that it would start the phasing out of the Spreadsheet Gadgets starting next year.
Even the Google News "Recommended Sections" have been eliminated from October 15.
Not only this, Google's +1 Reports in Webmaster Tools will be phased out from Nov 14. "We introduced +1 Reports in Webmaster Tools to help publishers measure +1 activity on their pages. Given that webmasters now use Social Reports in Google Analytics to get a wider view of social activity (including +1's), we'll be discontinuing the stand-alone +1 Reports on November 14", says in an official blog post.
All the above aspects have been initiated by Google as a part of its "Continued Spring Cleaning" process. "Technology offers so many opportunities to help improve users' lives. This means it is really important to focus or we end up doing too much with too little impact." states Google in its official blog post.
The users of Google's customized background themes now have an option to voluntarily remove the themes they have chosen. However, the current set theme and users' Picasa Web Albums will continue to be available.