Infoseek Speeds Desktop Web Searcher

Infoseek Corp.
today formally unveiled its much-discussed Express by Infoseek, a free desktop
product which culls results from multiple search engines.


Express simultaneously uses all of the major search sites, including
Infoseek, Alta
Vista, Excite, HotBot, Lycos, WebCrawler, and Yahoo! and other additional
Web sites
the user specifies. Returned results provide the source’s origin, and users
can also add and remove content sites in customizing Express, the firm said.


Operating within the browser, Express is designed to work by pre-fetching
graphics, and
anticipating where the user is going next on the Web. It then downloads
results and graphics in the background while
the user is working. A results box and pull-down menu enable seekers to
alternate between results randomly or sequentially without having to use
the browser back button.


Infoseek said more than one hundred categories are featured, including
news, stock quotes, movie times, and weather. Users can download Express at the Infoseek site, and
also at one hundred other sites, such as USA Today, IDG, The San Jose
Mercury News, CMP, TV Guide, the Weather Channel and the Monster Board.


Infoseek Express is available for additional co-branding versions, the
company said, citing additional distribution and exposure opportunities.
Express is free to consumers since it is advertiser-supported.


Yesterday Infoseek announced that together with partial-owner Disney, it
will launch a new portal site named Go Network, available in November.


“The number one thing people come to the Web to do is find information,”
said Steve Kirsch, founder and chairman of Infoseek. “Infoseek has long been a
leader in search and navigation and we’re committed to continuing that legacy.
Additionally, we want to make people’s lives easier and Express does that with
a robust set of features that are not provided anywhere else.”


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