I bet some people over at Yahoo! are thinking: "Maybe we should have taken that $45 billion offer from Microsoft a couple of years ago." The troubled internet giant turned down the offer and is now killing off some of its best known web properties.
Yahoo! initially refused to confirm it was killing off popular bookmarking site Delicious and not-so-popular search engine Alta Vista but leaked slides showed its plans and Yahoo! has since confirmed that the slides are real. A statement from Yahoo! said: “Part of our organisational streamlining involves cutting our investment in underperforming or off-strategy products to put better focus on our core strengths and fund new innovation in the next year and beyond. We continuously evaluate and prioritise our portfolio of products and services, and do plan to shut down some products in the coming months."
Delicious was purchased by Yahoo! in 2005 and had around 5 million active users. A tool that allows people save, manage, and share web links, Delicious is the most popular service which is to be axed. There have already been eulogies to Delicious posted on the web from some of its many fans. Among the other services being killed are the once great Alta Vista, Yahoo! Buzz and Yahoo! Bookmarks.
Earlier this week is emerged that Yahoo! would be letting 560 staff go, representing four percent of its workforce. The job cull is being led by CEO Carol Bartz, who was appointed to attempt to save the ailing giant in January 2009.