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Microsoft Selects Euroseek for Nordic Search Functions

Microsoft Corp. Wednesday entered into an agreement with Euroseek to develop Microsoft's MSN and Internet Explorer region-specific portals.

As a result of the deal, Euroseek will be features on both Microsoft's search engines, which include MSN's portals in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Euroseek will also be built in to the search function in versions 3, 4 and 5 of Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser.

Catherine Sahlgren, Euroseek managing director, said the agreement would enhance its search engine branding efforts in the region.

"The co-operation agreement with Microsoft will result in more visitors to Euroseek's search engine and greater exposure for the Euroseek brand," Sahlgren said.

The companies expect that MSN's four Nordic portals will receive over 30 million page views each month, while Internet Explorer's reach should produce 4 million page views monthly. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jens Gorne, MSN Sweden business manager, said expanding its multilingual search services is the key to its growth in the Nordic region.

"Euroseek's popularity and its experience of creating multilingual services will provide our users with a well-known brand at MSN," Gorne said.

Euroseek has an additional co-operation agreement with Microsoft securing its inclusion Internet Explorer's U.S. search engine functions.

Based in Stockholm, Euroseek's portal offers search services in 39 European languages. Its portal traffic accounts for 30 million visits and 110 million page views each month.