Yahoo Directory Shutting Down New Year’s Eve

Amin Yusuf - traveting.com

Yahoo Directory, after 20 years online, is on the chopping block along with a handful of other services as the Internet company places more emphasis on its core products. The Directory, a service that helped users explore the Internet in the early days online, will be retired Dec. 31. “At Yahoo, focus is an important part of accomplishing our mission: to make the world’s daily habits more entertaining and inspiring,” Yahoo cloud platform group senior vice-president Jay Rossiter said in a blog post. “To achieve this focus, we have sunset more than 60 products and services over the past two years, and redirected those resources toward products that our users care most about and are aligned with our vision. With even more smart, innovative Yahoos focused on our core products — search, communications, digital magazines, and video — we can deliver the best for our users.” Also getting the axe are Yahoo Education and Qwiki. Yahoo Education, a site designed to connect users with education providers and content, will be shut down on Tuesday. Advertisers will be upgraded to a new service with details to be released at a later date. The Qwiki app, which automatically creates short movies based on events from a user’s camera roll, will be shuttered Nov. 1
Yahoo Directory, after 20 years online, is on the chopping block along with a handful of other services as the Internet company places more emphasis on its core products.

The Directory, a service that helped users explore the Internet in the early days online, will be retired Dec. 31.

“At Yahoo, focus is an important part of accomplishing our mission: to make the world’s daily habits more entertaining and inspiring,” Yahoo cloud platform group senior vice-president Jay Rossiter said in a blog post.

“To achieve this focus, we have sunset more than 60 products and services over the past two years, and redirected those resources toward products that our users care most about and are aligned with our vision. With even more smart, innovative Yahoos focused on our core products — search, communications, digital magazines, and video — we can deliver the best for our users.”

Also getting the axe are Yahoo Education and Qwiki. Yahoo Education, a site designed to connect users with education providers and content, will be shut down on Tuesday. Advertisers will be upgraded to a new service with details to be released at a later date.

The Qwiki app, which automatically creates short movies based on events from a user’s camera roll, will be shuttered Nov. 1
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