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IBM, Yahoo Search Tool Goes International

The new version of OmniFind Yahoo Edition enterprise search software supports searches in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, French, Italian, and several other languages.
IBM has teamed up with Yahoo to launch international versions of a corporate search tool that lets companies find business data and other information stored on internal servers and on the Web.

IBM said the new version of its OmniFind Yahoo Edition enterprise search software, introduced Tuesday, supports searches in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, French, Italian, and several other languages. "We were pretty surprised with the level of interest outside the United States," said Sean Johnson, product manager for content discovery and search at IBM, in an interview.

IBM OmniFind Yahoo Edition uses the open source, Java-based Lucene indexing library to power searches of corporate data warehouses and intranets. Lucene can index data within documents in PDF, HTML, Microsoft Word, and other formats. The product also uses Yahoo search technology to extend searches out to the Web if a document can't be found internally.

To date, there have been more than 16,000 downloads of the original English-language version of OmniFind Yahoo Edition, IBM said. The newest version of the product features 22 bug fixes in addition to the multiple language support.

The software is available as a free download from IBM's Web site. By offering the product for free, IBM can try to upsell users to the more robust Enterprise Edition of OmniFind. "It's broader and more secure," said Johnson. He also noted that the license for the free version limits users to indexing a maximum of 500,000 documents.

Also on Tuesday, IBM said first-quarter earnings per share rose 12%.

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