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Yahoo, IBM team up to offer free search tool

Yahoo and IBM have jointly introduced free software that businesses could use to find information stored in their own computers.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 05:00 IST

Yahoo and IBM have jointly introduced free software that businesses could use to find information stored in their own computers or on the Internet.

IBM OmniFind Yahoo Edition was billed as a "no-cost, entry-level enterprise search product" and went up against offerings from Google and other competitors in a growing business data search market.

"Organisations of all sizes are faced with the problem of too much information residing in different locations and in different formats, making it nearly impossible to quickly extract meaning," said IBM general manager Ambuj Goyal on Wednesday.

Enterprise search systems typically cost thousands of dollars. Google has offerings selling for as much as $30,000 in what is considered the low end of the business market.

IBM already markets OmniFind versions for corporations. The free offering was tailored for small businesses and included Yahoo Search services.

The Yahoo-powered IBM offering can be downloaded for free and easily installed on existing computer hardware, according to the companies.

"This is a valuable tool for helping organisations improve employee productivity by enabling them to more quickly find needed information," Yahoo vice president Eckart Walther said in a release.

"By empowering customers and partners to quickly find information on the Web, we're also able to reduce their support costs.