Anuradha ShettyJun 29, 2013 09:43:19 IST
Yahoo! has begun downing the shutters on a host of its products as part of its ongoing effort to “focus on what’s next”. The process started yesterday with Yahoo! retiring Axis, Browser Plus, and Citizen Sports.
Launched only last year Yahoo! Axis was a desktop web browser extension and it was also available as a mobile browser for iOS devices. If you’ve used the browser plug-in, note that it will not work now. While the app will still work, Yahoo!’s Jay Rossiter, EVP, Platforms affirms that it will not be actively maintained and instead recommends that users switch to the Yahoo! Search app for iOS and Android devices. As for the Browser Plus software, it claimed to allow users to do more within their web browser.
Cleaning has begun!
Yahoo! had acquired Citizen Sports in 2010 that offered a variety of products with social features. Considering it is inaccessible now, Yahoo! recommends that users access the latest sports news on Yahoo! Sports. They can even download the Yahoo! Sports app for iOS and Android devices to stay updated on the go.
Yahoo!'s retiring its web search engine AltaVista on July 8. This Yahoo!-owned product was really popular among users before Google stepped in. As Google’s popularity soared, that of AltaVista dipped and the site was finally shut down in May 2011.
Yahoo! Web Player is set to retire tomorrow and the service won’t load on sites using it anymore. Visitors to such sites though, will still be able to play media files using native browser support.
FoxyTunes and Yahoo! RSS Alerts are scheduled to retire on July 1, 2013. Rossiter suggests that FoxyTunes users can view the latest in the music world on Yahoo! Music and RSS Alerts users can subscribe to Yahoo! Alerts and receive them via email.
Yahoo! Stars India will be gone on July 25 and users can switch to Yahoo! India OMG! for their share of celebrity news. Other Yahoo! services being shown the door include Yahoo! Downloads Beta (July 31, 2013), Yahoo! Local API (September 28, 2013), and Yahoo! Term Extraction API (September 28, 2013)