Continuing with their massive slimming down exercise, Yahoo has done it again by axing as many as 12 of their products.
Yahoo, under the leadership of CEO Marissa Mayer, continues with the massive trimming of their products, including the ancient ‘AltaVista’ search engine. Services picked for axing depend on whether people need that particular service anymore, or used it frequently, in their daily lives.
Today we’re shutting down a few products so we can continue to focus on creating beautiful products that are essential to you every day.” – Jay Rossiter, executive vice president of platforms, Yahoo
Continuing with the company’s policy of “sharpening its focus”, Yahoo announced the trim down of 12 existing products and services, them being :
Yahoo! Axis (June 28, 2013)
If you installed the browser plug-in, it will no longer work. If you downloaded the app, it will continue to work, but won’t be actively maintained. We encourage you to use the Yahoo! Search app for iOS and Android.
Yahoo! Browser Plus (June 28, 2013)
To see all of our current developer offerings, please go here.
Citizen Sports (June 28, 2013)
Yahoo! WebPlayer (June 30, 2013)
If you’re a publisher and currently using Yahoo! WebPlayer on your site, after June 30 the Yahoo! WebPlayer won’t load. Your users will continue to be able to play media files using native browser support.
FoxyTunes (July 1, 2013)
To see the latest in the music world, please visit Yahoo! Music.
Yahoo! RSS Alerts (July 1, 2013)
Yahoo! Neighbors Beta (July 8, 2013)
You can visit Yahoo! Local Search to find out what’s going on in your neighborhood.
AltaVista (July 8, 2013)
Please visit Yahoo! Search for all of your searching needs.
Yahoo! Stars India (July 25, 2013)
To stay up on all your favorite celebrity news, check out Yahoo! India OMG!.
Yahoo! Downloads Beta (July 31, 2013)
Yahoo! Local API (September 28, 2013)
As part of this shutdown, all Yahoo! Local API documentation will also be removed from the Yahoo! Developer Network portal.
Yahoo! Term Extraction API (September 28, 2013)
We are eliminating direct access to the Yahoo! Term Extraction API and as of September 28, will require developers to go through YQL. We encourage all existing users of the Term Extraction Legacy API to migrate to YQL requests by September 28. You can use the YQL forums for any questions you might have about migrating to YQL. If you are already using the Term Extraction API via YQL, you don’t need to take any action.
Users of the ancient ‘AltaVista’ search engine (seriously?) can now use the ‘Yahoo Search’ feature instead. This massive axing comes after the company shut down products like “Deals and SMS” back in the month of April.
Thankfully, the company is also gaining some fat back by acquiring new services. Only recently did Yahoo acquire massive social blogging website ‘Tumblr’ for a sky-high $1 billion.
“We are making investments, and we’re going to continue to make investments, because that’s what drives growth,” said Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO.
via PC World