Google offers a lot of internet tools online for free.
And like most businesses, there comes a time where it must review the overall costs and benefits of offering services (whether for free or a fee).
If you are a client, you know that I caution you about relying on free products or services online. Reason: the companies who offer them can often decide to change the terms or price or to pull your assets out of the service/product may be difficult or costly.
Google has announced that several services will be discontinued. Check out the details here.