Yahoo has announced plans to close a number of its long-running online services, including Maps, which it has operated for almost a decade.
Amotz Maimon, chief architect at the firm, said that move is designed to help Yahoo focus on "key product pillars".
"At Yahoo, we continue to focus on our key product pillars: search, communications and digital content. Part of that focus includes taking a hard look at our existing products and services, and ensuring our resources are spent smartly and with a clear purpose," he said.
Services that are on the way out include Maps, which Yahoo will "sunset" at the end of June, although mapping will remain part of other services.
"The Yahoo Maps site will close at the end of June. However, in the context of Yahoo search and on several other Yahoo properties including Flickr, we will continue to support maps," he added.
"We made this decision to better align resources to Yahoo's priorities as our business has evolved since we first launched Yahoo Maps eight years ago."
Yahoo Pipes, a data mashup and resuse software system that is designed to be easy to use, will also bite the dust. Again, Yahoo told users that this was to allow it to focus on its core business, but it appears that Pipes will be sorely missed by some.
Developers are advised that they can continue to use the software, or export their data, until the end of August, but that Pipes closes for good in late September.
There are support changes, too. From 15 June anyone using OS X 10.8, or Mountain Lion, will no longer be able to sync their contacts.
Here in the UK, users will lose the dedicated Yahoo TV and Yahoo Autos services, but Maimon said that the content from these will be syndicated through other international services.
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