Yahoo to shut down AltaVista, Axis Search Tool also in its last days

“Please visit Yahoo! Search for all of your searching needs.” Yes that’s true. With an ongoing attempt to revamp the company, Yahoo has turned brutal with bringing down 12 of its age old services and products to a dead end. Yahoo has urged its users to turn to Yahoo search for all searching needs. Among the to-be-dead products, AltaVista is worth mentioning. The once-popular Search Engine was acquired by the tech giant company in 2003. It was a front runner searching tool then until Google dominated the World Wide Web.

The other services to be shut down include Yahoo WebPlayer, RSS alerts and Axis. Yahoo WebPlayer, rather an unknown product from Yahoo that never quite caught on, will go offline on June 30th. RSS alerts will be replaced by the newly implemented email alerts. Axis was launched by the internet giant last year soon after the new CEO, Marissa Mayer, was appointed. It is basically a plugin developed by Yahoo and its quite surprising to see the company closing down the service pretty early. "We’re shutting down a few products so we can continue to focus on creating beautiful products that are essential to you every day.” Yahoo said in a blog.

While tech giant Google is also closing its Google Reader service this spring, companies are re-establishing themselves to lure users in using their services. The recent moves from Yahoo will definitely help the company, often referred to as sinking ship, in gaining users and stiff up the competition.




Source: Google, AltaVista

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