Once upon a time, on an IBM white board and a napkin far, far away, three IBM colleagues sat around and posed the following question:
What if search were free?
Then, they made it so.
It's only been a few months since the IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition was made available, competing head-to-head with other search packages that cost a small fortune.
Since then, however, over 16,000 downloads have been recorded, and organizations of all shapes and sizes are using it to improve their own enterprise search experience. Early adopters have included manufacturers, consulting firms, state and local governments, school districts...the list goes on, and so do the free searches.
A new revision of the search tool to be announced later today will address the growing demand for local language support, including the addition of Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French,German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish,Portuguese and Swedish.
The new version will also help users more easily build new custom search applications or add customized content beyond Web pages and office documents, making it easier to integrate search results into the look and feel of existing applications or include content from a third-party content source.
You'll also be able to do advanced searches by using tagging and metadata to refine search results or create more targeted searches on top of initial search results.
Of course, we can't give everything away, so there's also an enterprise version available for larger organizations. You can learn more about that here.