Yahoo Shuts Down Several of Its Services
Yahoo Inc seems to be on the mood to pull the plug on several of its products and services. The technology firm has confirmed that some of its services are actually getting the axe, if those are not yet already discontinued.
First on the lost will be the women’s lifestyle content Shine. The company has recently announced that the website will be shut down on July 31. That means its readers have only a few days left to enjoy the online site. To justify this action, Yahoo said it would instead focus on its digital magazines that cover topics like technology, travel, and food.
Second on the list is the service called Xobni, which is ‘inbox’ spelled backwards. Xobni helps people in tracking their contacts. It was last year when the company acquired it. That time, Yahoo assured that Xobni’s customers could continuously use its products, which are specifically customized for platforms like Gmail and Microsoft Outlook.
However, Xobni is not totally getting out of consciousness. Yahoo said many of the features associated with Xobni have already been incorporated into its own Yahoo Mail. Those include the people-focused mail search and the compose auto-suggest.
Other Yahoo products on the axe
Other products will be shut down soon, if they are not yet already been axed. The company said it has already pulled the plug on the Newlook service, which is a virtual makeover tool. Yahoo has also already closed the ‘little used feature’ in Yahoo Finance and its Bookmarks.yahoo.com. To enjoy some of the features, Yahoo advised its users to use Yahoo Toolbar on Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Users should also bid goodbye to Yahoo Voices and the company’s contributor network, which will be shut down on July 31 and August 30, respectively. Yahoo People Search was also recently eliminated. The now defunct directory website directs its users to the more general and bigger Yahoo Search tool.
Meanwhile, Yahoo is set to remove its Yahoo Toolbar especially for personalized settings from Chrome web store on July 22. This action, it said, is to comply with a previous Chrome policy update. But there’s now an extension for the browser.