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Yahoo!-Microsoft Search Alliance: Transition Impact on ‘SearchMonkey, Site Explorer, BOSS and search APIs’

Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance have reached significant milestones; this transition will impact tools like SearchMonkey, Site Explorer, BOSS and search APIs.

  • “Later this week, we’ll begin transitioning back-end technology for Yahoo! Search in the U.S. and Canada (English) to Microsoft platform. Keep an eye out for “Powered by Bing” indicator at the bottom of search results page, indicating that you’re viewing listings from Microsoft.”
  • You’ll also be able to access a transition portal from within Yahoo! Search Marketing account, that walk you through creating Microsoft Advertising adCenter account,” informs Yahoo.
  • Before we make this transition portal broadly available to all advertisers in the weeks ahead, we are currently testing it with a limited number of accounts. You will be notified via email once the transition portal is available.
  • Yahoo! Search Build your Own Search Service will provide web and image search results from Microsoft along with other search-related services and content from Yahoo!, such as news.
  • Yahoo! Site Explorer is planning tighter integration between Site Explorer and Bing Webmaster Center to make transition smooth. However, “Site Explorer will remain functional until the full transition is complete for all markets by early 2012, revealed Yahoo!.
  • On October 1, 2010, SearchMonkey developer tool, gallery, and app preferences will be closed. As a result, 3rd party custom result apps, infobar apps, and data services will no longer appear on Yahoo!’s search results,” said Yahoo.
  • YQL (Yahoo! Query Language) is a reliable, scalable, cloud-based, and easy-to-use, and eliminates the need to learn multiple APIs while providing same functionality. Also, rolling out new commercial program for developers focused on our social platforms and YQL.
  • Maps, Geo, and Local. we’ll be evaluating our Geo, Maps, and Local APIs–updating or shutting down some of them, and working with our strategic partner, Nokia, on others.
  • MyBlogLog APIs will shut down by the end of the year.


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