Yahoo is slimming down — killing off some services like Maps and Pipes, and limiting a number of others. What does all this mean for Yahoo and its customers?
Yahoo is eliminating Yahoo Maps and Yahoo Pipes, as well as Mail and Contacts for older devices, and a range of homepages specific to certain countries. This is CEO Marissa Meyer’s latest move in an effort to streamline Yahoo into a smaller, more efficient company made up of “core products people actually use.”
The Yahoo Maps website will disappear at the end of June. However, Maps will still exist as a secondary service in support of Search and Flickr. Yahoo Pipes is disappearing altogether on September 30th, being switched to read-only mode from August 30th to “help developers migrate their data”.
But there’s more… country-specific services vanishing include: Yahoo Music in France and Canada, Yahoo Movies in Spain, Yahoo TV in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Canada, and Yahoo Autos in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. In addition, Yahoo Mail will no longer work on iOS 4 or older, and Yahoo Contacts will no longer work on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or older.
According to Yahoo, this is all “progress,” but the changes are bound to upset many customers.