Yahoo Search BOSS Developers have something that closely resembles news on the matter of whether or not the tool will stay around after the Yahoo Microsoft deal goes through (assuming that it actually does go through).
Ashim Chhabra of the Yahoo Search BOSS Team said in a Yahoo Groups post:
Under this agreement, Yahoo! is permitted to continue offering the BOSS web service, with search results that would integrate Yahoo! services and content with algorithmic results provided by Microsoft. As always, our intention is to provide a BOSS offering as long as it makes business and economic sense to do so. We are still examining what the BOSS offering will consist of, with some services powered by Microsoft, unique content that Yahoo! currently provides, and the potential for additional Yahoo! content in the future.
Prior to the announcement of the Yahoo!-Microsoft search agreement, we’d already shared our intention to explore a fee-based structure for BOSS. We continue to explore an appropriate fee structure or other revenue model as we work through the future of BOSS.
There you have it. It doesn’t exactly clarify the future of BOSS, but at least you have some general idea of the company’s thought process. Better than nothing right?