AltaVista Upgrades Search Software for Businesses

SAN FRANCISCO (03/21/2000) - AltaVista Business Solutions will release a new version of its search engine today that it hopes to license to e-commerce companies, Web portals and large businesses, the company said in a statement.

AltaVista Business Solutions was spun off from AltaVista Co. two months ago, and licenses and markets the search technology used to power the company's consumer Web site.

Formerly code-named Mercator, the new product, called AltaVista Search Engine 3.0, combines technologies that AltaVista had previously marketed as two separate offerings: the search engine and a software developer's kit.

The product includes new query-processing tools designed to improve the success rate of searches. The developer's kit can be used to build customized applications for searching e-commerce sites and corporate databases, officials said in the statement.

AltaVista Search Engine 3.0 is available immediately for Windows NT platforms.

Versions for Tru64 Unix, Solaris, and Linux are planned for release within 30 days, the officials said.

The company plans to hold a press conference in San Francisco this morning to launch the new product, and will be joined by customers including Buy.com Inc. and Ariba Inc., which has licensed the software for use with its business-to-business commerce platform, the company said.

Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, AltaVista is a majority-owned operating company of CMGI Inc. and can be contacted at +1-650-617-3400. and on the Web at http://www.altavista.com/. AltaVista Business Solutions is at http://solutions.altavista.com/.

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