Yahoo to shut down its Maps site

The tech giant is closing down the product after eight years, as the company realigns resources for other products.

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Yahoo is shutting down its Maps site by the end of June. Screenshot by CNET

Yahoo is telling its Maps service to hit the road.

The company announced Thursday that it is shutting down its Maps site at the end of June, eight years after Yahoo launched the product.

But the service will not be going away completely. The company said some of its other services, including its search engine and photo-sharing site Flickr, will still support its maps.

"We made this decision to better align resources to Yahoo's priorities as our business has evolved since we first launched Yahoo Maps," Amotz Maimon, Yahoo's chief architect, said in a blog post.

The announcement comes as Chief Executive Marissa Mayer has fought to turnaround the struggling company by rejuvenating Yahoo's suite of services, which range from Finance to Shopping to Fantasy Sports. Since she took the reins in 2012, the company has refreshed each one of the company's mobile properties. But that also means realigning resources from one project to another.

The company routinely shuts down products that have become stale. Last year, it shut down Yahoo Directory, which was the cornerstone of the company when it first was founded in 1995. Over the past two and a half years, the company has discontinued more than 60 products.

Along with Maps, Yahoo on Thursday also said it's shutting down Yahoo Pipes, a service that creates custom Web feeds through different filters and debuted in 2007.