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Yahoo! Releases Own Web Browser Dubbed 'Axis'

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Well, this is interesting.

A few years ago, search giant Google joined the web browser race with Chrome. Now, Yahoo! is getting in on it, too. The company has announced the launch of its own Web browser. Dubbed Axis, the browser is a little bit different to what we're using to seeing.

Available as a standalone app for iPhone and iPad, and a desktop plugin for IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Yahoo! describes Axis as a "visually rich search experience" and says it's moving away from the ten blue links we've been seeing for years and towards a solution that shows you a visual preview of the webpage or search result before you even click on it. This means you'll see a scrollable ticker of small previews of webpages instead of links to each site.

The most interesting implementation (in our opinion, at least) is the desktop version of Axis, which arrives in the form of a plugin for your current browser. Axis for desktop is just a small search box that sits in the lower left corner of your browser window and follows you around the web. To search, you start typing and it expands into the visual search experience complete with page previews, instant answers and images.

The mobile version for iOS is a stand alone application that offers the same visual previews and what search results as you type. It also links to your desktop if you're running Axis on your computer, too. This means you can start browsing on your iPad and move to your phone or computer and continue your search there. Bookmarks are shared across all devices, as well as personalized homepages that display your favorite sites and articles.

 

"Axis is the first time the search experience evolves from a destination to a companion," Yahoo! said last night. "It's the first search experience to provide visually rich page previews of results instantly as you type. It's the first mobile browser that connects with any major desktop browser. Axis is the first browser to really change the game."

Unfortunately, Yahoo! hasn't provided any information on when we can expect a version of Axis for Android or Windows Phone devices, so unless you're rocking an iPhone or iPad, you're out of luck on the mobile front. If you do have an iOS device or are interested in giving the desktop version a shot, you can hit up axis.yahoo.com to download the plug-in and app. You can also check out the video below for an Axis demo:

Yahoo! Axis Demo

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    tuch92 , May 25, 2012 3:24 PM
    Anyone else think that looks a little too much like Adobe's logo?
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    pedro_mann , May 25, 2012 3:09 PM
    I appluad their efforts. Unfortunately, this is about 5 years too late.
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    pedro_mann , May 25, 2012 3:09 PM
    I appluad their efforts. Unfortunately, this is about 5 years too late.
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    frank_drebin , May 25, 2012 3:12 PM
    so is it a search plugin or full-blown browser ???
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    dark_lord69 , May 25, 2012 3:14 PM
    knowing yahoo it's probably got tons of garbage and crap advertisements all over the place.
    I always hated the clutter of the Yahoo page and that is why I started using google so many years ago.

    Simple, clean page with good results.
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    tuch92 , May 25, 2012 3:24 PM
    Anyone else think that looks a little too much like Adobe's logo?
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    sliem , May 25, 2012 3:27 PM
    It also looks like ding ding ding lunch is ready!
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    kaisellgren , May 25, 2012 3:32 PM
    For desktop, it's a search plugin, nothing more. For mobile, I *think* it's a chromium based browser. Someone can confirm this.
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    lp231 , May 25, 2012 3:35 PM
    A flaw just when it's released...
    http://vr-zone.com/articles/yahoo-makes-huge-security-error-with-axis-browser/16027.html
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    greenrider02 , May 25, 2012 3:45 PM
    I'm sorry, the first thing wrong with this is the name. When you name something Axis, I think evil.
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    whiteodian , May 25, 2012 3:55 PM
    greenrider02I'm sorry, the first thing wrong with this is the name. When you name something Axis, I think evil.
    I thought that too. Axis of Evil. Muhahahahahahahaha. Good luck Yahoo!!
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    neon871 , May 25, 2012 3:55 PM
    Here is another law Suite for using the word Axis them CATIA/CAD Cam boyz have a patten on that word.
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    soundping , May 25, 2012 3:56 PM
    "Axis of Evil" Someone at Yahoo didn't see that?
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    ta152h , May 25, 2012 4:36 PM
    If Yahoo starts talking about Lebensraum, we're in deep trouble.
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    nebun , May 25, 2012 4:55 PM
    a little to bloated for me....thanks but no thanks
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    eddieroolz , May 25, 2012 5:18 PM
    Looks really cool. I'll definitely be taking a look at this.

    As for the naysayers, this forum seems to be filled with one. 5 years too late? Really? Thats what they said about Apple back in the late 90's...look at where we are now.
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    spookyman , May 25, 2012 6:01 PM
    pedro_mannI appluad their efforts. Unfortunately, this is about 5 years too late.


    Its 10yrs to late.


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    blazorthon , May 25, 2012 6:41 PM
    spookymanIts 10yrs to late.


    Several popular web browsers today weren't around ten years ago, so that's BS. Firefox is from 2004 and Chrome is only from 2008 and there are others.
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    zaznet , May 25, 2012 6:50 PM
    frank_drebinso is it a search plugin or full-blown browser ???


    It's pretty much a plugin. For mobile devices like iOS that don't support browser plugins it just runs on Webkit. Calling it a browser is a stretch.
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    gsacks , May 25, 2012 7:14 PM
    What is this article about? I stopped reading at Yahoo!
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    mitch074 , May 25, 2012 7:50 PM
    @blazorthon: Firefox is based off the Gecko engine, which powered the Mozilla Suite which came out in version 1.0 Final at the end of 2001 - so, it IS actually more than 10 years old. IE6 came out in 2001 - only IE9 managed to really break away from its engine (IE7 was only a major bug-fix, IE8 still retained the Javascript engine and a bunch of parser glitches). Opera was at version 5 or 6 by then.

    In fact, since Webkit is a fork of KDE's KHTML component (the fork occurred in 2002; Konqueror, which used KHTML for HTML rendering, was a quite advanced web browser in its own right), even those can be considered to be decade-old.

    However, I shudder at the extra traffic and CPU load generating a preview of a page will entail. And, on rich web pages, this type of components will mess with the event listeners put on the links...
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    blazorthon , May 25, 2012 8:14 PM
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    @blazorthon: Firefox is based off the Gecko engine, which powered the Mozilla Suite which came out in version 1.0 Final at the end of 2001 - so, it IS actually more than 10 years old. IE6 came out in 2001 - only IE9 managed to really break away from its engine (IE7 was only a major bug-fix, IE8 still retained the Javascript engine and a bunch of parser glitches). Opera was at version 5 or 6 by then.

    In fact, since Webkit is a fork of KDE's KHTML component (the fork occurred in 2002; Konqueror, which used KHTML for HTML rendering, was a quite advanced web browser in its own right), even those can be considered to be decade-old.

    However, I shudder at the extra traffic and CPU load generating a preview of a page will entail. And, on rich web pages, this type of components will mess with the event listeners put on the links...

    I didn't say that Opera and IE weren't older because I knew that they were older. That's why I said several browsers are less than ten years old, not all browsers are less than ten years old.
    Firefox launched in 2004 and Chrome launched in 2008. What software they were based on does not matter because that is older software that they were based on, not the actual Firefox and Chrome. Windows Vista is something like five years old and Windows 7 and 8 are both based off of the same kernel, does that make both Windows 7 end 8 about five years old? No, it doesn't.
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