egruber: I really don't care if Picasa Web Albums goes away and replaced with Google Photos. But I did like the Picasa desktop tool to edit my photos. Google Photos has online editing, but only for the photos stored online. I usually edit them on my desktop and upload them when done. Picasa did all the basic things well. I know Picasa will continue to work, but is there another free desktop tool that is as good?
I downloaded Picasa, then saved the file to Google Drive. Ready for the future.
Gavril Margittai: I don't care too much if it is Picasa web or Google photos. I care a lot more about the Picasa desktop. For a while one can keep it I presume. Nobody will delete it from your PC. But the question is a new PC how will it get installed on a new PC? I have almost a terra byte of photos, mostly RAW on a separate hard drive which is backed up. If the computer goes the data does not die with it. . One can browse them easily with Picasa. I have no interest of uploading all that. All I hope somebody will jump in maybe a third party and maintain it or come up with something similar.
I downloaded Picasa, then saved the download to my Google Drive. If I get a new computer down the road, i'll have the installer file ready.