AltaVista is a search engine . The name “AltaVista” literally translates as “top view”.
|Site type||Search engine|
|Server location||Palo Alto , California , USA|
|Beginning of work||December 1995|
|End of work||July 2013|
|Current status||Does not work|
AltaVista appeared in December 1995  and was supported by the most powerful computing server available at that time - the 64-bit DEC Alpha server. It was the fastest search engine that could process millions of searches per day.
An important innovation of AltaVista was the inclusion of natural language search. Users could type a phrase or question and get an intelligent answer.
Developed by AltaVista Technology Corporation , AltaVista was sold to Digital Equipment Corporation , whose specialists significantly improved it and made it available to users in November 1995 .
Typing in the address bar altavista.com led to the site of the company AltaVista Technology. As a result, the popularity of the search engine has led to a huge influx of visitors to the AltaVista Technology website and the loss of potential users of the search engine.
In August 1998, the search engine was purchased by Compaq for $ 3.35 million, which was the largest deal of its kind at that time. At the same time, the address of the search engine remained the same - altavista.digital.com. Compaq spent a lot of time and effort looking for opportunities to make AltaVista a profitable project, but failed to implement it. Therefore, in June 1999, Compaq and CMGI began negotiations on the formation of a strategic network alliance, in which AltaVista was sold to CMGI. On August 19, 1999, CMGI announced the acquisition of a 83% stake in AltaVista from Compaq from Compaq.
In February 2003, AltaVista was acquired by Overture Services, Inc.  which in July 2003 was acquired by Yahoo!  . Since May 2011, AltaVista switched to Yahoo! search technology .
One of the first AltaVista gave the search engine the short name av.com, created a “lightweight” homepage without ads or extraneous links (http://ragingsearch.com, now inactive).
On July 8, 2013, the AltaVista search engine stopped working   .
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- Yahoo! called the closing date of the search engine AltaVista