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Yahoo starts web page makeover

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Yahoo on Thursday began a promised homepage makeover intended to revitalize its popular but financially stumbling website.

The pioneering California Internet firm is letting randomly chosen users in Britain, France, India and the United States test a "next generation design" of a homepage used by more than 400,000 people worldwide.

"We're working on a new homepage that will help you get more out of the Internet, make more of your precious time, and make sense of all the things going on in your world," Yahoo vice president of Front Doors said in an online posting.

Yahoo seeks feedback on the redesign before rolling it out to all users in coming months.

The new look is part of a website overhaul that includes opening the platform so users can plug-in mini applications created by outside software developers.

The revamped Yahoo homepage has a "dashboard area" featuring tools for people to check weather forecasts, local events, and Web-based email accounts from Yahoo, Google and AOL without leaving the website.

Yahoo claims more than 500 million users worldwide but has been struggling to cash-in on its popularity.

Yahoo's sagging fortunes and Google's ascension as Internet advertising king prompted Microsoft on Jan 31 to offer to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion in a half-cash, half-stock deal.

Microsoft was eager to combine online resources with Yahoo in order to better battle Google.

Microsoft walked away from negotiations May 3 after Yahoo rejected an offer it raised from $31 to $33 per share, which amounted to $47.5 billion.

Yahoo subsequently made a deal with Google to put its online advertising expertise to work on Yahoo websites. That deal is to take effect later this year if it passes muster with U.S. anti-trust regulators.

© Wire reports

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i don't like the new look especially the japan auctions...bring back the old format please

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About time they changed it. I hated the new design since it was launched. It' too chunky and slow mainly because it's too scripted.

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Triple888, I agree. There's a reason why Google is so wildly popular -- a nice, clean, quick, no-frills main page that doesn't take forever to load or mess with your browser in any way.

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Japan Auction's new look sucks big time. Why do these companies feels there is just need to mess with the webpages when no one is complaining. Especially JT, I still hate the layout and still cannot get used to it. Pity they got rid of the new comment updates and options to send articles to other people. Spell check would be nice, but I would rather go back to the old design.

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the new web format is cluttered and I don't like the format...yahoo becoming an obsolete website has nothing to do with the makeover...its just that when I am searching for something using yahoo, it has more miss and chances are it will bring unrelated webpage in comparison with Google

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Yahoo has massive subprime exposure and is about to go under.

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Yeah, the new Yahoo! Auction layout is a no-no. The old format was much easier to oversee.

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That explains the purple font replacing the red font on Yahoo's Canada page of late.

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