The Yahoo/Microsoft search and advertising deal has been granted approval by the Department of Justice, and the effects will be seen at the end of the year or early next year. There have been a lot questions about what would happen to Search BOSS and SearchMonkey.
There are still questions about those but today Yahoo addressed the topic with its most up to date response.
“Yahoo! may continue to offer the BOSS service, which would integrate some Yahoo! services and content with algorithmic results provided by Microsoft,” Ashim Chhabra says on the Yahoo Developer Blog. “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.”
On the topic of SearchMonkey, Chhabra says, “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 we’re working hard to determine which path provides the best value for site owners and end users.”
Yahoo also says it is working closely with Microsoft on how to best support the webmaster community. Yahoo will be reviewing the existing Site Explorer functionality and roadmap.