YAHOO HAS UNDERTAKEN a late spring cleaning, dumping a number of its ancillary services in the wheelie bin and leaving them by the roadside.
In a Tumblr post entitled "Furthering Our Focus", Yahoo SVP of the cloud platform group Jay Rossiter explained the company's commitment to its core services and the company ethos of "making the world's habits more inspiring and entertaining".
Several services have already been shuttered. Newlook, an online makeover service relating to its Arabic service, Research Reports, a "little-used" part of Yahoo's finance portal, and Yahoo Bookmarks, which is now incorporated into the Yahoo toolbar were all shut down earlier this year.
This month, however, three more services have bitten the dust. Yahoo People Search has been incorporated into the main Yahoo search engine, rendering it "no longer useful".
Xobni, the Outlook add-on and its standalone equivalent Smartr were bought by the company in July 2013. Since then much of its functionality has been incorporated into Yahoo Mail, and so this too is off to the great search engine in the sky.
Finally, Yahoo toolbar for Chrome will be removed on 22 July to comply with the recent announcements about the format of Chrome add-ons, and has been replaced by an extension that does comply.
But the cull doesn't end there. The digital version of The People's Friend, Yahoo Shine will be closing on 31 July, along with content syndication platform Yahoo Voices. Then, a month later, the rest of the Yahoo Contributor Network will follow.
Rossiter explained, "By focusing our energy on Yahoo's four core areas - Search, Communications, Digital Magazines and Video - and the two incredible engines that power them, Flickr and Tumblr, we can make a bigger impact on the things people do everyday."
The news follows a year after Google, which regularly culls flagging services, killed off its RSS service Google Reader, a move that still frustrates former users. µ
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