AltaVista, just one of several properties Yahoo! said it would shutter in the coming year, will officially cease to exist July 8 and will begin redirecting visitors to the main Yahoo! site, Search Engine Watch reported Monday.
AltaVista was established long before search giant Google arrived; it wasn't until 2001 that Google began serving more searches than AltaVista.
It was one of the first search engines to index significant amounts of Web content -- 20 million pages -- and proved hugely popular before Google took over the search universe.
AltaVista went through a series of ownership changes beginning in 1998, and Overture and MSN once competed to buy it.
AltaVista finally ended up being acquired by Yahoo! when it purchased Overture in 2003.
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