Yahoo! has followed fashion imposed by Google, to clean lightly used services or simply had been replaced by more recent. And is not that Yahoo! has many followers of this side of the pond, since it has increased market share in North America, but under the current leadership which aims to promote one of the most legendary names in Internet with a touch of modernity and creativity, no changes have been made to wait.
Services like Yahoo! Web Player, Foxy Tunes or its own RSS service will close in the next few days. As, few will feel affected by these closures, but there is one that stands out among those of us who were starting to sail in the depths of the first version of the Internet, it’s been a few years ago: the search engine Altavista.
Altavista has been the benchmark at a time when Google did not exist or was in its early stages. The search engine of fashion that was almost the only one used in a certain period of the history of the Internet, will be closed on July 8. After all this time, few understood the decision to devote resources to Altavista, but perhaps still has its share of loyal users; anyway, evolution is unstoppable, so Altavista give way to other alternative browsers options that will be most interesting even outside of Google domains.
From 1995-1997, Altavista was most used search engine, finally being dethroned by Google in 1998. In February 2003, AltaVista was bought by Overture Services, which was later acquired by Yahoo! in August 2004, shortly after the acquisition by Yahoo!, AltaVista Web site began using the technology of search engine Yahoo!. With the agreement between Microsoft and Yahoo! in July 2009, AltaVista then began to use the Bing search engine.