"We believe that the AltaVista brand is still very strong, and has come to attract a particular type of user, and it is entirely possible that we may keep the AltaVista site to serve a particular niche of users," said Yahoo senior vice president for engineering Phu Hoang.
"I think that there may be opportunity for us to try new search features and new capabilities that are a little bit on the edge, that we are not yet ready to show up in the mainstream."
Looks like they will make AltaVista their beta site.
AV has always been a destination site. Alltheweb has always been a Beta-showcase site. Seems that YO is reversing the scenario. YO has been promoting alltheweb to portals etc. for their search business.
Buried in this report is the fact that they're shipping jobs to India, again. FC is reporting it as "the bulk" of Yahoo's R&D efforts. I guess we're all supposed to become lawyers, truck drivers, or sell real estate. Those are about the only jobs I can think of that absolutely can't be moved.