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September 23, 2005

Watson Add-in for Windows Desktop Search Launched

Posted by David Hunter at 8:00 AM ET.

It was just last week that Microsoft announced the release of API’s for a number of MSN centered technologies including the MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search. Well, today their first taker announced – Watson 2.0 Sidebar Now Available for MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search Users:

Intellext(TM) ( ), the “Intelligence in Context” software company, today announced the availability of its Watson 2.0 personal research assistant as an Add-in for Windows Desktop Search. The free 30-day trial of Watson 2.0 and the Add-in is available to download at

Windows Desktop Search Add-ins enable people to find precisely what they want and seamlessly access the information they care about. Powerful enhancements like Watson 2.0 for MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search are part of the MSN long-term commitment to deliver services that enable people to improve their searching and browsing experience.

The Watson 2.0 personal research assistant proactively brings users the information they need from the sources they choose. Since Watson understands the context of users’ work, it is able to proactively find information that’s relevant to what they are doing in real-time. There’s no need for users to interrupt their work by typing search words or visiting separate Web sites and search boxes. Instead, Watson delivers relevant search results to users’ desktops in its non-intrusive sidebar while they work in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, and Internet Explorer.

“MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search is a key component of our broader strategy to help people find precisely what they need easier and faster — on the Web and beyond,” said Dane Glasgow, general manager for MSN. “Watson helps deliver on this vision by bringing contextually-relevant information to users from sources most important to them, all within an intuitive sidebar.”

More info is available from Elinor Mills at CNET and Howard Wolinsky at the Chicago Sun Times. Note that beyond the free trial, Watson 2.0 is priced offering – $99.95/year or $239.95 for a permanent license.

Filed under MSN, MSN Toolbar, Windows Search

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