Picasa Web Albums are being integrated into Google+.

Is this the beginning of the end for Picasa? Users looking for their Picasa Web Albums at the URL http://picasaweb.google.com are now redirected to Google+ Photos.

While the Picasa Web Albums may be no more, Google’s commitment to Picasa’s desktop application seems to remain strong. Google last updated the software in December of last year. Meanwhile, third-party developers are still updating popular Picasa-hosting Android applications like Perfect Tool for Picasa.

When Google updated Picasa’s desktop app on December 10th of last year, it also released a statement confirming that “Google+ is the new home for your photos.” Of the updates to the desktop app last year, two of them promoted Google+ integration with Picasa, encouraging users to tag photos with Google+ contacts and share to Google+ circles.

Diehards who want to keep using Picasa Web Albums can access the old site by using the URL https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos?noredirect=1. The site will add a cookie to your browser so future attempts to access Picasa Web Albums will be redirected.