For many years, developers have been building amazing applications that leverage search tools and services from Yahoo!. We know you may have questions related to todays announcement about DOJ and EC clearance of the Yahoo! and Microsoft search agreement. We dont have all the answers today, but we are working through the details and will provide updates for developers as soon as we can.
Yahoo! Search BOSS
With the implementation of the search alliance, the BOSS team is excited to examine the Microsoft web, image, and video search technologies in more detail. Yahoo! may continue to offer the BOSS service, which would integrate some Yahoo! services and content with algorithmic results provided by Microsoft. The team is exploring what a future offering could consist of, with some services powered by Microsoft and unique content provided by Yahoo!. As we finalize details for any changes to the BOSS service, we will give developers plenty of notice.
Also, prior to the announcement of the Yahoo! and Microsoft search alliance, we shared our intention to explore a fee-based structure for BOSS. We continue to explore an appropriate revenue model as we work to define the future of BOSS in the context of our new search alliance. We know BOSS is important to your business, and any conclusions on strategic direction and roadmap for the service will be shared with developers as soon as possible.
Yahoo! and Microsoft are sharing ideas for how to advance the SearchMonkey vision of building an ecosystem for developers, publishers, and the semantic web. The landscape is complex, so were working hard to determine which path provides the best value for site owners and end users.
Yahoo! Site Explorer
Yahoo! and Microsoft are working closely on how best to support the webmaster community, and Yahoo! will be reviewing the existing Site Explorer functionality and roadmap in light of the new search alliance.
Ashim Chhabra & the Yahoo! Search Team