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Yahoo!'s Latest Statement

(7.29.09) "Given the Yahoo! Microsoft news today, many of you are wondering what will happen to Yahoo!’s search offerings for developers. In particular, we’ve received a number of questions about our two most popular search services: , which allows developers to use structured data to enhance the usefulness of Yahoo! search results, and BOSS, our popular full-featured search API.

For SearchMonkey and BOSS, we currently do not have anything concrete to tell you. Clearly, we’ll need to work with Microsoft to determine what makes the most sense for you and for us. For more details, please see Ashim Chhabra's post to developers on the Yahoo! Search BOSS group.

We’ve also received questions about the future of Yahoo!'s other developer offerings, such as YUI, YQL , and . We wanted to let you know that today’s news does not affect these products. None of our other non-search developer products are affected. Yahoo! remains fully committed to supporting and adding new features to these important tools and services.

In fact, we think there's never been a better time to work with us. For example, you can publish your users’ actions and interactions on your website into our Updates API and have these updates propagate throughout Yahoo!. You can build an application to run on My Yahoo!. And, coming soon, you'll be able to use YAP to build an application that could even run on our new homepage.

When we have new information to share about SearchMonkey and BOSS, we’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, we invite you to continue to use and build on the incredible developer products we offer today. If you have questions or concerns, I encourage you to voice them on the YDN forums. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you!

Chris Yeh
Head of YDN

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