Yahoo has announced its intent to drop some 12 services from its product lineup.
The company said that in the coming months it will be shutting down a number of sites, services and developer APIs. The company plans in many cases to direct users to its other services and products in the wake of the shutdown.
Among the products slated for termination is AltaVista. Though the search engine was among the most popular during the internet boom of the late 1990s, AltaVista saw its popularity drop at the turn of the century. The company was acquired by Yahoo in 2003.
Also slated for removal is the Yahoo Axis browser plug-in, the Yahoo RSS Alerts news feed service and the Yahoo Downloads service. Other properties to be discontinued include Yahoo Stars India, Citizen Sports and Yahoo Neighbors.
For developers, the cuts will bring about the end of the Yahoo Browser Plus, Yahoo Local API and Yahoo Term Extraction API offerings.
"Earlier this year, we announced an ongoing effort to sharpen our focus and deliver experiences that enhance your daily lives,” said Jay Rossiter, Yahoo executive vice president of platforms.
“As part of that, 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.”
The cuts mark the first substantial product cull for Yahoo since Marissa Mayer took over as the company's chief executive. A former Google executive, Mayer looks to be taking a page out of her former employer's handbook in cutting multiple projects which had not caught on with a wider audience.
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