Yahoo cut a handful of products and services today, something the company is known to do every few months. Among those taking a dirt nap include Yahoo Maps, some support for Yahoo Mail, and a couple of APIs. Here's the skinny.
Yahoo will close the Yahoo Maps web site on June 15. That means no more access to the regular online service. Maps will remain available to search, however, as well as to other Yahoo properties, such as Flickr (for geo-tagged photos). Yahoo did not provide any specific information about its Maps related APIs, but it appears that at least some third-party functionality will remain after the Maps web site closes down.
Yahoo is also nixing a pair of APIs. The GeoPlanet and PlaceSpotter APIs are being retired during the third quarter. Yahoo says the functionality provided by the GeoPlanet and PlaceSpotter APIs are duplicated through Yahoo Query Language and BOSS, though they are limited to 2,000 queries per day. In other words, if you're still using these APIs, it's time to start migrating.
Yahoo has scheduled a date with the Grim Reaper for a few more services.
Yahoo plans to kill support for Yahoo Mail in the native iOS email app for iOS 4 and earlier. This should not affect too many people. iOS 4 is horribly outdated and few devices are likely to be running it. As of last month, nearly 86% of all active iOS devices were running iOS 8, the latest version of Apple's mobile platform.
Yahoo is also getting rid of Yahoo Contacts sync support for older versions of Apple OS X. You're safe if you're running OS 10.8, but if you're running OS X 10.7 or later Yahoo will no longer sync with your computer. Yahoo Contacts will still be available via the browser on these older Macs.
Last, Yahoo is disconnecting Yahoo Pipes. Yahoo Pipes was a precursor to services such as IFTTT. General support for Pipes will remain in place through August 30, and the infrastructure will hang around untiol September 30. After that, no more Pipes.
As always, Yahoo says these cuts are being made so it can focus on other products. In other words, these products are no longer performing well enough to warrant their ongoing support.