Jeeves the butler is out of a job

Jeeves the butler, the face of the Ask Jeeves Web site in recent years, took a forced retirement Monday -- axed in favor of Ask.com, a sleeker, more advanced search engine, according to a statement from the company.

"The new Ask.com is the culmination of years of innovation, combining the most advanced core search technology with one-of-a-kind tools that make search better," said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Ask.com, in the statement. "People deserve a search engine that gives them the tools to get what they need faster, not just a bunch of links on a page. Ask.com takes search to the next level."

The new Ask.com features include: A redesigned homepage; the Ask.com toolbox, which offers homepage shortcuts to more than 20 search tools, including maps, images, weather, a dictionary as well as local and desktop search; Ask.com maps, which offer driving directions that combine an AJAX-based interface with a differentiated set of mapping tools to create an easy way to build an itinerary; an encyclopedia search that uses content from Wikipedia, Houghton Mifflin and Columbia; And Web-based Desktop Search, which allows Ask.com desktop search users to access their files and e-mails through their Web browser. Ask.com Desktop Search, which will also be a stand-alone application, can be accessed via the new Ask.com Toolbar.

"Today's launch is a pivotal moment in our history, ensuring a well-known and much-loved search engine continues at the forefront of the evolution of the Internet search market," said Lanzone in the statement.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

More about Ask JeevesVIA

Show Comments