Yahoo to shut 12 products including AltaVista, Axis

After adding up dozens of startups under its acquisition list, now Yahoo is working to pull out plug from 12 of its services in the coming days, as a part of ongoing attempt to streamline and reinvent the company.

Yahoo has announced that now it will be sharpening its focus on delivering products to enhance user’s daily life.

The biggest name in the list is ancient search engine AltaVista, which it purchased in 2003 from Overture for USD 140 million in cash and stock deal. It was founded in 1995 and was one of the most popular search engine before Google came in.

Yet another product whose announcement was quite a surprising include Axis web browser plug-in program whose services have been discontinued from 28th June. Yahoo had launched Yahoo Axis in May 2012, to offer faster web searches. Yahoo mentioned that, installed browser plugin will no longer work, whereas if the app is downloaded, it will continue to work but will no longer be updated or maintained.

Here is the full list of products

  • Yahoo! Axis (June 28, 2013)
  • Yahoo! Browser Plus (June 28, 2013)
  • Citizen Sports (June 28, 2013)
  • Yahoo! WebPlayer (June 30, 2013)
  • FoxyTunes (July 1, 2013)
  • Yahoo! RSS Alerts (July 1, 2013)
  • Yahoo! Neighbors Beta (July 8, 2013)
  • AltaVista (July 8, 2013)
  • Yahoo! Stars India (July 25, 2013)
  • Yahoo! Downloads Beta (July 31, 2013)
  • Yahoo! Local API (September 28, 2013)
  • Yahoo! Term Extraction API (September 28, 2013)

Previously Yahoo has also shut few of its products which include Upcoming, Yahoo! Deals, Yahoo! SMS alerts, Yahoo! kids, Yahoo! Mail & Messenger feature phone apps, & the older version of Yahoo! mail.