Yahoo! launches a glorified toolbar for Desktop, Laptop and Tablet users – Yahoo Axis

Browser wars never seem to be ending. Google’s offering (Google Chrome) sometime ago dethroned Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to become the most-used browser worldwide. And Now, Yahoo!, the premier digital media company has announced the availability of Yahoo! Axis to get into the browser business and pull the Google Chrome down.

What is Yahoo! Axis?

Yahoo! Axis is a new kind of browser that redefines what it means to search and browse the web. The browser is available as an app for iPhones and iPads and as a plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome. Once installed, it resides at the bottom of the browser as a search box, ready to expand expanding when a user enters a query.

How Yahoo Axis is different from other browsers?

Axis does not display search result pages but still squeezes a ton of stuff into the little screen. When you search you are displayed with Web page thumbnails horizontally. This makes it a lot easier for you to see if one of the pages is what you’re looking for and then you can go directly there.

To go to other pages and check other results, you just need to pull down the page from the top (supported well on touch sensitive devices). And to go forward or backward in the list of results directly from a page you’re on, you need to drag your finger from the right or left. That’s it!

Axis as an iOS app is available as a universal download for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The app provides the same range of features as offered by Apple’s proprietary – The Safari but with a complete new layer of UI. This includes,

  1. Tabbed browsing
  2. Bookmarking
  3. Video playback
  4. Integrated Twitter support and much more

The Android version of Axis is still in development.

What made Yahoo! come up with its own browser?

Yahoo distributes browsers like IE with the Yahoo embedded toolbar. So, it does have some knowledge and therefore wants to get into the browser business, at least on desktop operating systems.

Note: Popular website, The Verge Updated its post to inform users that the Software developer Nik Cubrilovic had claimed to identify a security flaw within the Chrome extension for Yahoo Axis that makes your private certificate easily accessible. So, Install Axis at your own risk.

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