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September 22, 1998

EXPRESS BY INFOSEEK DESKTOP SEARCH ENGINE

By CBR Staff Writer

What do you do when one search engine just isn’t enough? Like Apple’s controversial Sherlock tool (CI No 3,491), the latest utility to come out of Infoseek Corp is a downloadable application which polls multiple search engines and aggregates the results. The company quotes NPD Online Research statistics to the effect that 77% of web users use multiple search sites to obtain information. Even so, it’s hardly a mark of great faith in Infoseek’s own search engine. There are other benefits to moving application power off the server: with local processing cycles, Infoseek can provide background downloading, let users view results randomly or sequentially and highlight the original search terms. Co-branded versions of Express are being distributed through USA Today, TV Guide, the Weather Channel, DejaNews, CMP, IDG, the San Jose Mercury News and Weather Underground.

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