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Yahoo!, IBM Upgrade Business Search Tool

Employees can search internal data and the Web at once.


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unveiled an upgraded version of their joint search product on Monday, allowing employees to simultaneously search both a company's internal data and the Web.

Called IBM OmniFind Yahoo!, the enterprise search software was initially launched as part of a joint partnership the companies announced in December 2006.

Along with beefed-up features, the new version also supports more than a dozen new languages. More than 16,000 users have downloaded the product since its launch, IBM says. The software is available for free, but businesses can also choose to buy more-powerful versions.

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While originally targeted at smaller businesses, the search product has been surprisingly well received by large organizations and business units as well, said Aaron Brown, IBM content discover and search program director. IBM's broad base of business customers and Yahoo!'s strength in Web search inspired the partnership, he added.

Although many companies, including


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, offer products that search business databases, there is room for more competitors, Brown said. "The search market is growing rapidly, and there is a lot of room for an advanced enterprise search product to capture a whole new set of customers," he said.