IBM improves free search software

IBM has released a new version of the free IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition search software that is powered by Yahoo.

Enhancements let users further customize and personalize their searches so they can quickly and easily find and access information stored inside organizations and across the Web, company officials said.

The new version of IBM OmniFind Yahoo lets users separate content into different searchable document collections. It also offers an improved administration console that simplifies setup and management of the search tool, and enhanced search support based on the latest open-source Lucene indexing library.

Additional features include support for detecting and removing near-duplicates from search results and improving the accuracy and usefulness of searches. The software can also be more easily installed as a Microsoft Windows service.

IBM introduced the search software last year to address growing demand for a free, full-featured search product that eliminated financial and technology barriers to information access. Since its launch nearly 25,000 users have downloaded IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition, IBM officials said.

The software can be downloaded at http://omnifind.ibm.yahoo.com.

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