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IBM & Yahoo To Offer Free Enterprise Search

IBM and Yahoo double team Google
from Reuters covers how IBM and Yahoo are
to offer free enterprise search to businesses. The story talks about this as a
challenge to Google and others, but Google remains itself very much a challenger
in the enterprise search space (see
here and
Google’s enterprise search solutions
cost money, unusual for most Google products. A free IBM-Yahoo product should
put pressure there, assuming the free version. I’ll update with more information
from IBM and Yahoo when released.

Postscript: You can find the software, IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition,
here. Press release is below:

IBM and Yahoo! Unveil Free Enterprise Search Software

New Solution Helps Organizations Find, Access and Use Information on Demand

ARMONK, New York and SUNNYVALE, Calif., December 13, 2006 – IBM (NYSE: IBM)
and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDQ: YHOO) today introduced new, free enterprise search
software with Web search services powered by Yahoo! that enables departments
and businesses of all sizes to quickly and easily find, access and capitalize
on information stored within organizations and across the Web.

IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition is a no-cost, entry level enterprise search
product developed to help eliminate financial and technology barriers to
intranet and Web search. Unlike other enterprise search solutions that can
cost thousands of dollars to purchase and implement, the new offering from IBM
with Web search services powered by Yahoo! can be downloaded for free and is
simple to install and use with existing hardware.

“Together, IBM and Yahoo! are delivering on the promise of making
information easier to find, use and share while providing a better search
experience for users,

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