Yahoo Axis: New search alternative
Guest_James (Jim) Hillier_*
Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:12 PM
To paraphrase the famous quotation from Mark Twain - it appears the reports of Yahoo’s passing have been greatly exaggerated. Yes folks, Yahoo is back! With a nice innovation which I’m sure they’ll be hoping can make some inroads into Google’s seemingly impervious domination in the search engine arena.
The name of this innovation is “Axis” and the primary aim is to do away with the multitude of search result pages generated by a traditional approach and, hopefully, take you more directly to the link you need.
Axis is available as a free browser app for iOS devices, and installs as a plug-in for popular PC-based browsers. Reports also suggest that an Android version is due to be released later this year.
Installing Axis as an add-on in Firefox places an unobtrusive search bar at bottom left of the browser:
Hover the mouse cursor over the bar and it expands across the page, providing access to additional options. Type in a search term and a series of scrollable preview windows appears, simply click on whichever is most relevant:
Axis also offers several useful features; such as storing bookmarks online so they’re automatically synced across all devices. You can also leave a web page on one device and pick up where you left off on another. Plus, Axis gives you the ability to assemble and maintain your own personalized home page including links to all your favorite pages/sites.
Here’s a video from Yahoo which helps explain Axis:
Axis is overall pretty impressive. It’s simple to install and just as easy to use. Whether or not it provides enough to make any significant impact on Google’s dominance remains to be seen. There’s no doubt that Axis’s primary target is the mobile device contingent, it’s simplicity and use of swipe gestures is particularly suited to tablets. I don’t own a tablet myself and I wonder how well (or clearly) the previews display on smaller screens. I can also see no reason why Axis couldn’t be installed just on the desktop and utilized along with Google search – as well as rather than instead of.
Axis Home Page.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 01:01 AM
Yahoo! used to have a cool browser of their own way back. I kept the installer for a long time. Not sure what happened to it. That was back in the days when they had free auctions. I don't know why they don't bring that browser back. If anyone should be totally proprietary with things it should be Yahoo! not FB...
You know I think it's the proprietary messaging systems all over the place that are the big hold up for Yahoo! and some of the other sites. I'm a big proponent of universal messaging that could used by all the messaging systems (MSN, Yahoo!, heck even FBB could be on that type of system)...
Posted 15 June 2012 - 04:58 AM
It was only a year ago MS attempted to purchase Yahoo but the price was too steep. Meanwhile, Yahoo's underlying search engine is now MS Bing, a fine engine few use. Possibly Axis may change Yahoo's fortunes yet I see a flaw on hand-held devices.
... it appears the reports of Yahoo’s passing have been greatly exaggerated
Pre-fetching or pre-rendering search pages while you type could turn out to be costly for those on limited data plans.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:42 PM
Hey I agree there FS, universal would be nice, but I think no one wants to split the pie, if you know what I mean. I don't know if this counts ,,, but you did say "FB" in your last post. LOL.
Might as well have said Windows 8 now that you mention it, Claw...
Quit swearing you guys!