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Streamlining Yahoo cuts Deals, Kids, Mail and more

Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer is taking a page from her former employer with a little spring cleaning that will see the demise of several aging Yahoo products.

Yahoo will be shutting down products like Yahoo Deals, Yahoo SMS Alerts, Yahoo Kids and older versions of Yahoo Mail. Most will be gone as of 30 April, but Yahoo Mail has until 3 June.

"We want to bring you experiences that inspire and entertain you every day. That means taking a hard look at all of our products to make sure they are still central to your daily habits," Yahoo said in a blog post. "As part of that ongoing effort, today we are shutting down a few more products. We realize that change is hard, but by making tough decisions like these we can focus our energy on building beautiful products for you like the two we introduced this week - Yahoo Mail for iPad and Android tablets and Yahoo Weather for iPhone."

First on the chopping block is Yahoo Deals, which got a revamp back in 2009. After 30 April, saved coupons will no longer be available on Yahoo Deals. If you want your coupon information for some reason, you'll have to copy and paste it into a separate document before then, Yahoo said. Local guide Upcoming, meanwhile, is also done.

The company is also ending Yahoo SMS Alerts, and encouraging users to instead download its apps: Yahoo News, Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports, and Yahoo Finance. You'll have to access horoscopes via the mobile Web, Yahoo said. There's also the option to get alerts via email or Yahoo Messenger.

Meanwhile, the Yahoo Messenger and Mail apps for features phones "are going away," Yahoo said, but both services will also be available on the mobile Web.

Yahoo Kids (or Yahooligans) is also getting the boot on 30 April. The company suggested that parents instead sign up kids for a Yahoo Family Account.

Starting 3 June, meanwhile, Yahoo Mail Classic and other versions of the web-based mail services will no longer be available.

"Those of you using these older versions of Yahoo Mail can switch to the new Yahoo Mail, which is fast and easier-to-use," Yahoo said. "If you're on dial-up or an older browser, we'll move you to an HTML only/basic version of the new Yahoo Mail."

Yahoo will be sending an email with more details as the shut-down date approaches.