After several iterations, Google has finally decided to kill of Commerce Search.
The product was announced in late 2009 as an ecommerce-focused version of Google Site Search. It was specifically tailored to ecommerce and product sites. Here’s a look:
In mid-2010, Google introduced version 2.0 with some new features:
In 2011, another refresh was announced:
Now, without an actual announcement, Google has shut the product down. TechCrunch shares a statement from a Google spokesperson:
We are making a strategy shift towards offering more flexible, easier to adopt modules for retailers, such as the Search As You Type widget, rather than a full site search replacement and therefore will no longer be offering Google Commerce Search as a core site search replacement product. We will continue to support our current retail customers using GCS and will try to help them on the best migration process to alternate solutions.
As TechCrunch’s Leena Rao points out, Google recommended sites use Commerce Search as recently as July, when the company announced it would shut down Google Mini.