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This article was published on June 27, 2012


    37signals phases out online information management tool Backpack, no longer accepts new customers

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    After recently auctioning off its web designer directory Sortfolio, collaboration and communication software maker 37signals has apparently also decided to put information management tool and to-do list organizer Backpack to rest.

    The company is no longer accepting new Backpack customers, though existing users can still log in and continue to be supported.

    The reason for phasing out Backpack is fairly straightforward. As 37signals itself notes on Twitter, the most recent version of its Basecamp project management solution was completely rebuilt from the ground up and includes most of the features Backpack users are familiar with, and of course much more.

    Furthermore, existing users can export their data if they wish to do so.

    37signals initially launched Backpack in 2005. Judging by Twitter chatter, it seems like they quietly removed it from their homepage earlier this month, and redirected the Backpackit.com without making any formal noise about its decision.